Probate and Estate Administration
Our firm can assist with the administration of estates of any size, including ancillary probate matters for out-of-state decedents. Winding up a decedent's affairs can be a confusing and complicated process. The knowledgeable attorneys at Kottke & Brantz, LLC have a broad range of experience in probate matters and trust/estate administration. Whether a decedent died with a valid will or died intestate (where there is no will), the probate process generally involves appointing a Personal Representative (Executor) to collect and value the probate assets, corresponding with the estate beneficiaries and any creditors, preparing and filing necessary court forms and tax returns, and making distributions to beneficiaries (including funding trusts), and then closing the estate. For the more complex estates or trusts, certain filings, elections, disclaimers and other “post-mortem” planning techniques may also need to be considered.
We can also prepare affidavits of heirship and small estates affidavits (for estates where no probate is required) and assist clients with the transfer of assets after a death, including non-probate assets held in joint tenancy or with a beneficiary designation.
Many of these issues need to be addressed within a limited period of time after a death. Contact us today to get started on the estate administration process.