Probate & Estate Administration
When the time comes to probate or administer an estate, you want to make sure that these matters are handled appropriately and efficiently, in a reasonable amount of time and with minimum expense to the estate. The experienced probate and estate administration attorneys at the Hancock Law Firm in Jackson provide services with a high level of professionalism and personal attention to help ensure your probate or estate administration is properly carried out.What is Probate?
Probate is the court-supervised process for giving effect to a will and settling an estate after someone passes away. This process includes identifying and locating all of the assets of the estate; properly managing them or liquidating them to cash if necessary; paying off all debts, taxes or other claims owed by the estate; and distributing the remaining proceeds or property to heirs and beneficiaries according to the terms of the will or other testamentary documents.
Probate is necessary in most cases, except in the case of very small estates, where the assets may be transferred outside of probate by affidavit. Probate generally takes several months to complete. Probate is supervised by the court and proceeds in a certain order, and the courts are often backlogged with other cases. In addition, potential creditors must be notified of the death and given time to present claims to the estate; final tax returns must be filed; and other activities must be carried out which take some time.
Although there is a certain minimum amount of time probate must take, our lawyers are diligent in their approach and strive to keep the process from taking any longer than necessary. We work personally with the family members involved, explaining the process at the outset so you know what to expect, and maintaining ongoing communication so you always know the progress of the probate or estate administration.Estate Administration in Jackson
Depending upon the complexity of the estate, there may be a host of tasks which must be completed as part of the administration of the estate. At the Hancock Law Firm, our experienced Jackson probate lawyers engage in the efficient preparation of documents and completion of tasks, providing full attention to detail to prevent costly and time-consuming errors. Below is a brief sample of some of the tasks we are commonly called upon to complete as part of the probate process.
- Deed of reconveyance
- Distribution of assets
- Muniment of title
- Quitclaim deed
- Reconcile an insolvent estate
- Response to collection actions
- Revocation of power of attorney
- Small estate affidavit
- Take possession of assets
- Tax matters
- Will disputes
- Ancillary proceedings
Our goal is to help bereaved family members through a difficult time by providing accurate, efficient and compassionate probate and estate administration legal services. For help with the administration of an estate in Jackson and surrounding areas, contact the Hancock Law Firm, PLLC, for assistance.