If you have been named as executor to the estate of a friend or family member, then you're undoubtedly going through a range of emotions while also dealing with estate administration. This is an understandably difficult time, and it is a good idea to have a lawyer to help you probate the estate. Having legal help is especially important if an executor doesn't live in the county or state where the will is probated.
Estate administration can be a lengthy and complicated process with numerous phases. Assets have to be gathered, accounted for and managed until probate is finished. Heirs and beneficiaries must also be identified and contacted. Sometimes there is dispute over the contents of the will, and the executor becomes involved in probate litigation.
Probate lawyers at Larmore Scarlett LLP represent Pennsylvania residents and out-of-state parties throughout the probate process, including the preparation of inheritance tax and estate tax returns. We have the resources to handle administrative matters, including fiduciary accounting, while working closely with other professionals to reach cost-effective solutions and minimize taxes.
With proper legal guidance, executives can avoid probate disputes. However, when will contests or other disputes arise, the lawyers at Larmore Scarlett are prepared to litigate.
If you're faced with the duty of managing and distributing the assets of a loved one while also grieving the loss of that person, then you don't have to go through the process alone. An experienced estate administration attorney can alleviate the burden and offer solutions that match your particular situation.