Probate law is a set of laws that must be complied with in order to distribute the property of a person who has died. It is designed to make sure that the heirs receive the deceased person’s intended legacy, small or large. The process of probate begins with a “petition” to open the estate and name a personal representative who is responsible for the administration of the deceased’s property. Creditors must be notified by a Notice of Publication and debts must be paid if a creditor makes a claim. Then the personal representative can pay the debt and distribute the remaining estate. Finally, a petition for discharge is filed, and the estate is closed.
Dumont Law LLC will help you plan your estate, represent you through the probate process, or contest a trust. First, we begin by developing a strong attorney client relationship in order to learn about you, your family and your finances. We then develop an “asset protection plan” to deal with your concerns. We also will develop a “legacy plan” based upon your goals of how best to leave your assets to your loved ones. We will make sure your have a properly drafted living trust and/or a will and review the one you may currently have in place.
Probate court can be a difficult place to navigate, especially when dealing with emotional things going on in your life surrounding the death or illness of yourself or your loved ones. Get the security you need with an attorney who cares.
Don’t leave your assets to chance or your debts to burden your loved ones. Decide while you can who will make decisions for you when you are no longer able, what items you leave behind and to whom. Our job is to assist you in considering possible scenarios so that your family is well-prepared in the event of your demise. We’ll help you preserve what you have worked hard for. Draft that will and other estate planning documents you have been meaning to get to for years.
Probate and Estate Administration
If your loved one has passed away, we can assist you in making sure their wishes are carried out to the letter. Whether they left behind a will or not, we can assist in finalizing important items taking some of the stress from you.
Should a dispute arise in the matter of a loved one who has passed away, you are dealing with enough. Contesting a will or disputing what happens in the event there is no will requires caring, understanding, and expertise. Call our office to assist you through this challenging process.
Guardianship of a Minor
Sometimes it becomes necessary to step in and care for someone who has no other support. If you want to step in as legal guardian of a minor, call our office to get help.