Probates and Probate Litigation

,When your loved one dies, the last thing you want to do is navigate the often overwhelming process of handling their estate. Cross Sound Law Group offers years of experience in handling probates, and, when things don’t go as planned, probate litigation. There are many steps to even the most straight forward probate. Unfortunately, probates can become complicated depending on family dynamics, financial circumstances, and whether disputes arise over the Will of the deceased person. Our experienced attorneys will guide you through the legal process and help alleviate some of the stress during this difficult time in your life.

If the individual died with a will, we can advise you on the content of the will and the proper procedures to handle the probate. If you are the designated personal representative, you have several fiduciary responsibilities to carry out. We can advise you as to how to meet those obligations, as well as how to handle dispute with heirs or creditors of the estate.

If the individual died without a will, they are said to have died “Intestate”. In this instance, we can help you go through the proper legal procedure to ascertain all assets, satisfy the decedent’s debt, determine the estate’s heirs, transfer all property to the proper parties, and properly close out the estate.

Too often, heirs avoid probate because they are concerned about the cost of dealing with their loved ones’ estate. This can be emotionally draining. We understand and aim to offer affordable and compassionate guidance as you navigate this legal process. Many probates can be done for a flat fee while more complicated probates are charged at an hourly rate. Most of the time, the legal fee can be paid from the estate assets. The result of the probate is settling the estate with clear title and making sure the deceased’s wishes is followed. Avoiding probate or delaying it can actually cost the estate (and sometimes the heirs) significantly more. Contact us today to discuss your situation.