ESTATE ADMINISTRATION & LITIGATION
After the death of a family member, an experienced estate administration attorney helps the surviving family members administer the decedent’s estate. The appointed fiduciary marshals and distributes all estate assets.
When family members fight over the inheritance or question the validity of a Will, an experienced estate litigation attorney represents an interested party. A better course of action is to complete the estate administration without litigation, when possible, to minimize legal fees and contentious proceedings.
How do you resolve an inheritance dispute?
After the death of a family member, the estate must be administered. If the decedent (person who died) executed a Will during his or her lifetime, the Will is probated. If the decedent left no Will, the estate is administered (a more costly and time consuming process.) Money may bring out the best or the worst in surviving family members who expect to inherit after someone dies. When family members fight over the inheritance, the only one who benefits is the lawyer who spends more time (and receives more legal fees) managing the estate. A better course of action is to allow the attorney to complete the estate and for the family to leave all disputes out of the process.