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Decedent Estates

The passing of a loved one presents dual adversity for any family. The emotional heartbreak is frequently coupled with arduous and confusing tasks of organizing the decedent’s affairs and administering the decedent’s estate. Whether the deceased left a comprehensive estate plan, with well-organized records, or died intestate, with neither a Will nor organized files, involving an attorney early in the estate administration process can help avoid costly errors, reduce expenses and speed the administration of a decedent’s estate. Lawrence Kamin’s estate planning attorneys have the experience, skills and knowledge to minimize the stress and maximize the efficiencies for the administration.

Estates frequently must go through probate, the court-supervised process by which a decedent’s estate is administered. Probate requires identifying the estate’s heirs and beneficiaries, resolving claims against the decedent or the estate, marshaling the estate’s assets, paying the estate’s administrative and tax expenses, and distributing the estate’s assets to beneficiaries. The court-appointed personal representative needs an experienced and qualified attorney to fully satisfy her/his responsibilities under the law and pursuant to the decedent’s Will. Lawrence Kamin’s estate and probate attorneys have helped hundreds of administrators and executors satisfy their probate obligations and quickly and efficiently close the estate and distribute assets to the decedent’s heirs and beneficiaries.

Even decedent’s estates that are not required to go through probate still present significant issues of administration. While these estates may not require the active involvement of probate court administration, they still must satisfy many of the same administrative and organizational obligations as probated estates. Lawrence Kamin’s estate planning attorneys can advise on whether probate is required, or even beneficial, and how to effectively administer an estate, with or without formal probate.

Estate administration can be overwhelming, especially when those involved are grieving the loss of a loved one. Our attorneys are well-versed in all aspects of estate administration and work hand-in-hand with our clients to make every estate administration as simple and efficient as possible.

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