Loss of a loved one can be a traumatic and exhausting experience.  Many people don't know where to turn for answers to questions such as:  Was there a will or a trust?  Was anyone named as personal representative or administrator of the estate?  How do I figure out what happens to the assets and the estate?  What do I do next?

The good thing is that you don't have to go it alone.  The Law Office of Douglas A. Boodt is here to help.

If a loved one dies without a will or trust (intestate), that person's estate usually must go through probate.  However, most people are not aware that if you die with only a will you may still have to go through the probate process.  In that case, the will acts merely as a roadmap for the distribution of your estate.  You still usually need the probate court to oversee the estate's administration. 

Probate is the legal process that takes place after an individual dies.  The probate judge makes sure that property is distributed properly and that all the estate's bills get paid.  If there is a will, the court makes sure that it is valid.  However, the court doesn't act on its own.  It needs to designate a person to assist in the administration of the estate.  That person is known as the personal representative (sometimes known as the “executor”) or administrator.

Probate shouldn't necessarily be viewed as a bad thing.  It isn't meant to cause you more grief during this stressful time.  It is very important, however, to have an attorney by your side to ensure the efficient and proper administration of the estate.  I can provide that steady hand to guide you through the process. 

If you have been named as the personal representative or administrator of an estate, or your loved died without a will or a trust (intestate,) please call me at Law Office of Douglas A. Boodt to schedule a consultation.  I am here to help.  Even if probate can be avoided, there is a lot of work to be done in distributing the estate's assets and paying the bills.  I will work with you to make sure things go as smoothly as possible.

I provide comprehensive probate, estate and trust administration services from the filing of the will to the closing of the estate or trust and everything in between. It can be extremely time-consuming and frustrating.  But my goal is to make the probate and estate administration process as easy for you as possible.  It is very important to be represented by an attorney who can provide efficient service to be able to open and close or administer the Estate in a timely fashion.  I strive to do just that.

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