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The Guidance You Need For Probate Matters

At the Downs Law Firm, I understand the emotional aspects of dealing with the death of a loved one and the sometimes difficult process of dealing with the deceased loved one’s financial assets.

Some of the particular problems associated with probate can be eased by proper representation. I have over two decades of experience with estate planning and probate matters. I can help you understand the process and help guide you through it as expeditiously as possible.

What Is Involved In The Probate Process?

Probate is the court-supervised process of validating a will and ensuring that the dictates of the will are followed. Typically a personal representative or executor is either named in the will or, if one is not named or there is no will, one will be appointed by the court. The personal representative is responsible for several steps.

These steps include assessing the value of the possessions, paying off debts including taxes, notifying creditors and getting the items to the right people. If there is no will, the state will follow the “intestate succession” rules for the distribution of assets.

Facets Of Probate I Can Help With

The probate process may vary a little by state. I handle a wide variety of probate matters, including:

  • Supervising and administration of the estate
  • Will contests
  • Spouse’s right to renounce will
  • Guardianships
  • Disclaimers
  • Claims against an estate
  • Inventory/valuation of assets

As an attorney with over 20 years of experience with wills, trusts and other estate planning matters, I fully understand all facets of the probate process and can ensure that deadlines are met and issues are resolved.

Get Experienced Guidance On Probate Matters

Get the sound counsel and support you need to move through the probate process as seamlessly as possible. Call 618-505-2495 or send me an inquiry email at the firm. Located in Edwardsville, I serve clients in the East St. Louis metro area. I am licensed to practice in both Illinois and Missouri.