When your loved one dies, you need a probate lawyer to settle the estate. The responsibility for settling the affairs of a decedent often falls upon a family member or friend. Many estates handled in probate courts deal with complex tax laws and statutes. Because the court oversees the division of property according to the decedent’s wishes, you are going to want to engage a probate lawyer to begin the probate administration process. Probate administration is the official way that an estate gets settled under the supervision of the court.
Because the Probate process in Connecticut can be confusing, call the office of Brian Murphy Law LLC. The purpose of probate is to prevent fraud after someone’s death. If your spouse dies with a valid will in Connecticut, someone must file it with the probate court in the county where he or she lived. The net estate must be calculated, the deceased’s debts must be calculated and paid. All financial affairs need to be wrapped up and any remaining assets need to be distributed to designated heirs. Through probate administration, Attorney Brian Murphy and his team will advise and assist executors and administrators in each phase of the process.
Probate Services We Provide:
- Explain the probate process and the executor’s duties
- File the necessary documents and notifications
- Help the executor or executrix identify estate assets
- Assist executor in identifying estate debts to be paid
- Prepare estate tax returns
- Assist in liquidating and distributing assets to beneficiaries
Avoid the Probate Process
Not all assets are subject to probate. The most common assets that transfer automatically at the death of an owner include Joint Tenancy, Tenancy by the Entirety or Community Property With Right of Survivorship, Beneficiary Designations, and Payable on Death Accounts. Probate administration can also be avoided through the use of one or more trusts. Our lawyers have experience in the use of a living trust and other estate planning services. Together, we can create a plan that is designed to preserve your assets and avoid the expense of probate. For more information or to schedule a consultation, reach out to contact or call us at 860-643-3021 today!