Professional Guidance For Probate And Estate Matters
Issues within probate, estate planning or adult guardianships may involve multifaceted problems with a person’s family or finances. At Pence Law Firm, P.C., you can seek skilled guidance for these legal processes. I am an experienced lawyer who helps estate administrators and families reach practical solutions.
What Are The Basic Duties Of An Executor?
As your attorney, I can help you fulfill the responsibilities of probate and estate administration, which may include:
- Notifying creditors and other parties
- Filing to determine the validity of a will
- Respecting your fiduciary duty, which means acting in the best interest of the estate
- Protecting the estate’s real property and assets from theft, damage or misuse
- Paying estate taxes and settling debts
- Distributing remaining assets and inheritance to heirs and beneficiaries
Thorough Representation For Will Contests
Although will contests can involve complex economic, personal or legal issues, I do not shy away from these challenges. My passion for litigation allows me to help estate administrators who face contested probate.
Guardianships Of An Elder Or Another Adult
My firm also works with clients who are concerned for the well-being of a family member. A guardianship can protect a loved one from a variety of problems while they are in a vulnerable state – whether due to a temporary or chronic medical condition.
One thing that sets my office apart from other firms is my commitment to helping entire families reach peace. My experience as a former family law attorney gives me valuable perspective on the family dynamics you may be facing. Although an elder or another family member may resist your attempts to establish a guardianship, I know how to prioritize your loved one’s financial or medical needs in a compassionate and respectful way.Listen to our Aging Life podcast Here
General Estate Planning Services
I am passionate about finding the most suitable, comprehensive estate plan for each of my clients. Like any other financial matter in life, you need a well-devised strategy to protect your assets.
As your lawyer, I can help you create appropriate wills or trusts. I also emphasize building protections for your long-term health and well-being as you age through powers of attorney and advance directives.
Counsel For Probate Law
Probate is a widely misunderstood area of the law, but it is one that can affect all of us. Put simply, probate is the process through which a person’s property is distributed to his or her heirs after he or she passes away. Even with the help of a valid will and other estate planning tools, probate can be a slow-going, technically demanding process. Often, it is also an emotionally difficult ordeal for people who have recently lost a loved one.
I help executors and other types of clients move estates through probate as smoothly as possible by keeping track of deadlines, legal requirements, tax issues and other details. I also help clients with will contests and other demanding issues in probate litigation.