Probate and Estate Administration
When a loved one passes away, either with or without an estate plan, the estate must be administered. This could mean a probate process in the courts or using the expertise of a estate administration attorney to properly administer a full estate plan outside of court. If an estate plan was properly set up prior to your loved one passing away we can normally help the family through a private process, making sure that all the assets of the deceased go to whom they want. If an estate plan was not set up, we can help the family navigate the probate process through the court, making sure that all deadlines and requirements are met, and that the family retains all of their rights during the process.
Probate is the process by which the court determines to whom assets should go to, either according to a will or by statute, and how those heirs will receive their inheritance. Probate can be expense, time consuming, and frustrating for the family. However, if one dies without a proper estate plan it is vitally important that the probate process be started in the courts and followed through. This is one of the only ways to ensure that assets are passed legally and that the title to such property is protected from further creditors.
Estate and Trust Administration
The use of a properly designed and funded trust can avoid the need for probate. However, there are still administrative processes which must be completed in order for the trust to work properly. Assets of the estate must be properly inventoried and accounted for. Final expenses must be paid properly. Distributions must be made according to the terms of the trust. Even if the courts are not involved, it is important to seek the help of an experienced attorney to make sure the estate is properly administered.
We Can Help!
The attorneys of Polaris Law Group are experienced in all aspects of Probate and Estate Administration. If your loved one has passed away, with or without an estate plan, please call us. We will walk you and your family through the process, help you decide if probate is necessary, and answer any questions you might have. Our goal is always to help your family settle the estate quickly and efficiently. But most important, we hope to eliminate as much family heartaches and arguments as possible.
The attorneys at Polaris Law Group are experienced and qualified probate and estate administration attorneys. We are dedicated to providing proper probate and estate administration advice to families looking to make sure an estate is handled properly. We help families throughout Missouri, St. Charles MO, St. Peters MO, O’Fallon MO, Chesterfield MO, Lake St. Louis MO, St. Charles County, St. Louis County, and surrounding areas.