When a person passes away, their estate must be settled and distributed. In many situations, this requires a process called probate that is overseen by the courts. Probate may be necessary whether or not a deceased person had a will and can be a complex and time-consuming process. While having the assistance of a probate attorney is never required, legal assistance can certainly make probate go smoother, can help to save resources, and can ensure there is a fair administration of the estate. If you want to learn more about the many ways a skilled probate attorney can help you, please call the Denver law office of Robinson & Henry, P.C. for a consultation.
Helping Personal Representatives Administer The Estate
The personal representative is the individual designated to be in charge of administering an estate. There are many tasks associated with this designation, including the following:
- Locating a will and submitting it for review by the probate court;
- Taking inventory of all of the assets and property of the estate;
- Notifying all beneficiaries of a will and potential heirs of the decedent;
- Notifying all creditors and financial institutions of the death;
- Managing accounts and investments and paying bills until the estate is closed;
- Defending the estate against any claims by potential heirs or beneficiaries;
- Distributing the assets and property of the estate in accordance with the will;
- Petitioning the court to close the estate.
In some cases, a person may choose a family member or friend to serve as their personal representative. Often, the person chosen may have little to no knowledge of the probate process and may not even live in the same state as the probate court. This can cause some difficulty and an experienced probate attorney can help the personal representative throughout the entire process.
Representing The Rights Of Beneficiaries
In many cases, beneficiaries may question the validity of all or part of a will that has been submitted for probate. In such situations, a beneficiary may wish to bring a legal claim in probate court to contest the will. Common reasons behind will contests can include:
- The will was not properly signed, witnessed, or executed;
- The will-maker did not have the mental capacity to understand the nature of the will;
- Another person exercised undue influence to control certain will provisions;
- The will-maker drafted or signed the will under duress or due to fraud;
- A newer will exists.
Disputes regarding wills can be costly, time-consuming, and can cause damaging rifts between family members. However, if you believe your rightful inheritance is threatened due to an invalid will, our attorneys will help to resolve the dispute as efficiently and amicably as possible.
Call A Highly Experienced Denver Probate Attorney For Assistance Today
Probate does not have to be a stressful process. The dedicated Denver probate lawyers at Robinson & Henry, P.C. have helped many families successfully administer an estate with minimal conflict and cost. If you have lost a family member and are wondering about our probate services, please call our office at 303-688-0944 for help today.