Estate Administration and Probate

Effective estate administration and probate involve completing a number of detailed steps in order to carry out your loved one’s final wishes and ensure compliance with applicable laws. When dealing with loss and grief, it can be a great comfort to have a dedicated and compassionate law firm guiding you through the process and assisting you with legal issues. You have enough on your mind as it is – assistance with the legal aspects of the transition can be very helpful.

Buchanan & Stouffer has spent decades representing clients in both estate administration and probate. While we recommend that families prepare for this time by creating a comprehensive estate plan in advance, there are always aspects of the administration process for which the assistance of a skilled attorney can be invaluable. Through careful analysis of your family member’s estate and planning instruments, we will advise you on the proper avenues to reduce estate tax and administrative costs.

Throughout the process our dedicated lawyers are always available to provide updates and explanations to make this transition as stress-free as possible. With compassion and sensitivity, we address the legal issues of estate administration and probate so you and your family can focus on healing – and remembering.

Contact our firm to learn more about the following aspects of estate administration and probate:

  • Administration of wills in probate
  • Ancillary probate (probate in another state)
  • Notification of heirs
  • Estate inventories and accounting
  • Asset valuations
  • Plans of distribution
  • Settling estate debts
  • Estate tax returns (preparation of form 706)
  • Estate tax audits