Probate and Estate Administration

Probate and estate administration is the process by which a person's estate is settled after death.  It involves proving that a will is valid, identifying and inventorying the person's assets, clearing the estate of debts and taxes, and distributing the property as the will (or state law, if there is no will) directs. Although probate can be complex and time-consuming, with careful estate planning you can ensure that the necessary legal process is as efficient as possible.

Among the types of uncontested probate proceedings and alternatives to probate we can assist you with are:

  • Probate of a Will
  • Muniments of Title
  • Determination of Heirship
  • Affidavits of Heirship
  • Small Estate Affidavits
  • Family Settlement Agreements

While we do not handle will contests or the representation of fiduciaries (e.g., Executors, Administrators and Trustees) in lawsuits, we have a reliable and deep network of very qualified probate and fiduciary litigation counsel to whom we often refer people who are in need of such representation.

Nothing ever prepares you for the death of someone you love. It’s a bleak, heartbreaking time and it’s when you really get to know what the people in your life – both personally and professionally – are really all about. When it happened to me, Brooke was someone who gave me more than just good legal advice. She gave me the benefit of her friendship and her humanity.
— Alicia B.