Probate Estate Administration

After the loss of a loved one there are many questions.

  • Did the deceased document their wishes in a Will or Trust?
  • How do you carry out their wishes?
  • What legal responsibilities does the Executor or Trustee have to beneficiaries and to creditors?
  • Will you have to go to court?
  • Where do you begin?

Probate is required when there is no other legal way to transfer title to assets. For example, if you were to pass away with a house in your name alone, your will may specify that the house should go to your surviving spouse or a child — but you are not alive to sign over the deed. The Probate Court process exists to complete the transfer.

The Shea Law Firm is here to guide you through the complexity of the probate and estate administration process. Put the power of 15 years of probate experience and a commitment to client-first legal services to work for you.

Some of the common types of probate services The Shea Law Firm can help you complete include:

  • Filing petitions for the appointment of an Executor or Administrator
  • Inventory of estate assets
  • Notifying creditors
  • Classification and payment of claims
  • Distributing the remaining assets in accordance with the decedent's will, or if intestate, in accordance with state law
  • Preparing and filing estate and gift tax returns

If you are dealing with an estate that must go through probate, The Shea Law Firm can provide capable, efficient representation at a reasonable fee. For some less complicated matters fixed fees are available. Under certain circumstances, it may be possible to avoid the full probate process even after the property owner has passed on. When you contact me , you can be confident that your probate attorney will look at all the alternatives and be able to take the best available action according to your needs.

Guardianships and Conservatorships

When a person becomes mentally or physically incapable of caring for himself or herself, or of managing his or her own financial affairs, a guardian or conservator may be appointed by the court. Our firm assists family members in navigating the process required to obtain a court appointment and defends individuals who have been unduly charged with being mentally or physically unable to care for themselves.

Probate Disputes

In addition to managing probate, trust administration and other estate-related matters, The Shea Law Firm represents beneficiaries, Executors, trustees and others with regard to probate disputes involving will contests, trust disputes, financial mismanagement, breach of fiduciary duty claims, allegations of undue influence or duress, and more. Probate can be a fairly painless, easy process, especially if it involves a relatively "small" estate. That said — having an attorney to look out for your interests while the process is ongoing can prevent unnecessary delays and preserve the wishes of your loved one.

To review your situation and discuss your goals and needs, call The Shea Law Firm at (832) 592-7913.