Losing a loved one is a very difficult and emotional time. In a lot of cases, the family also has the burden of handling the legal and financial matters of their loved one’s estate. When it comes time to administer the decedent’s estate, the executor of the estate may have to take part in the Connecticut probate process. Probate is simply the term for the process of administering the estate under the supervision of the court. At this time, the individual that has been chosen to administer the estate should consult with an experienced probate and estate administration attorney that can help guide them through this sometimes confusing process.
Some of the aspects of the probate process that an attorney can assist with include the following:
- Proving that the will is valid
- Identifying and placing a value on assets listed in the will
- Managing transactions
- Paying outstanding debts, funeral expenses, and filing tax returns
- Distributing assets to the beneficiaries named in the will of according to the state laws of intestate succession if there is no will
- Handling any instances of a contested will and probate disputes
It is also important to be aware that probate costs can include executor or administer fees, attorneys’ fees, estate taxes, and more. If you need an attorney to guide you through the estate process, contact our firm today.
Marc N. Needelman is an experienced attorney working throughout the state of Connecticut. Contact the law firm to set up a free initial consultation for matters related to real estate, personal injury, criminal defense, estate planning, and more.