We have specialized in Probate Administration since 1986. The Probate Court has jurisdiction over Wills, Trusts, Guardianships, Conservatorships and Protective Orders. Contrary to what many people are led to believe, the Probate process is not the nightmare it used to be. The Probate Code was modernized in 2000 by the passage of the Estates & Protected Individuals Code (EPIC) which has enhanced the Probate process.Estate Planning is more than just reciting statutes and case law. It is very important for you to understand that there is a difference between an attorney who “does Wills” as opposed to one who does complete Estate Planning. With proper management of your Estate you can alleviate the burden that would be placed on your loved ones with the administrative, legal and investment issues involved.
A Trust is a written document that names the person (Trustee) who will manage your assets during your lifetime, if you become disabled, and after your death. It also tells the manager who will benefit from the managed assets and under what circumstances the assets are to be distributed. When a person creates a Trust, the Successor Trustee can take the necessary steps to administer the terms of the Trust without any Probate Court intervention. Trusts are often a convenient method to transfer assets following death because they avoid Probate Court involvement. The Probate Court will only become involved should one of the heirs object to an accounting presented to an heir or, if an heir has any concerns to which they want a Judge involved in making a correct transfer of assets.
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