Probate is the process involved when settling the affairs of someone who is deceased. Probate specifically refers to the process of authenticating the deceased’s will, and estate administration specifically refers to the process of settling the terms of a will or determining where the assets end up if the person did not have a will. The length of time it takes to complete this process varies from estate to estate, but it can go much quicker and more smoothly with the assistance of an experienced probate attorney.
However, the process of administering an estate is not always a smooth one. There are a number of factors that can lead to complications, extensions, difficulties and litigation. Sometimes these are legitimate concerns. Other times deceit and greed are the drivers. Handling estate disputes requires both knowledge of state specific laws and experience in the local probate courts, which our attorneys have.