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Your Guides Through The Estate Administration Process

Following the death of a loved one, there are a number of concerns that a personal representative — often called the administrator, executor or executrix — must take care of in a timely manner. No matter how much preparation was done ahead of time, if you are named as a personal representative it is all but certain that you will encounter unexpected problems at some point.

At the law offices of Lanza & Lanza, our Flemington estate law lawyers can guide you through all stages of probate and estate administration. We custom tailor our services to your situation: if you merely require a trusted source to turn to for occasional advice, or need someone to handle the majority of the administration process, we can provide exactly the type of representation that fits your needs. Our attorneys are also well-versed in matters involving out-of-state beneficiaries or ancillary proceedings related to out-of-state decedents who owned property in New Jersey.

The Estate Administration Process

Estate administration is the process of settling a person’s estate, and it must be done regardless of whether or not he or she left an estate plan. It is handled outside of the court, but it can be done with or without court supervision.

There are a number of different ways to administer an estate and a number of things to keep in mind through the process, including the rights of beneficiaries. Our goal is to make sure our clients consider their full range of options as we work to minimize the impact of inheritance taxes. Providing complete administration services, we can help you with all of the following as we guide you through the process:

  • Probating the will
  • Notifying beneficiaries
  • Paying creditors and other claims against the estate
  • Collecting assets
  • Converting assets and getting them ready for distribution
  • Protecting assets from improper distribution or theft
  • Distributing assets
  • Obtaining a tax ID number for the estate
  • Preparing tax returns
  • Handling contested estate administration issues

Our lawyers have been appointed as administrators by the court in the past; local courts entrust us with this role because they are confident that we can help families protect their rights and honor the wishes of their loved ones.

Need Help Administering An Estate?

Our estate planning, estate administration and inheritance dispute resolution services are available to clients in Flemington, and throughout New Jersey. To arrange a consultation and see how our extensive estate administration experience can streamline the administration process and help with your specific needs, contact us at 908-905-0183 or via email.