Experienced Estate Planning Lawyers Handling Indiana Probate Matters
Often times, much of the estate planning process is directed toward finding creative ways to avoid or minimize probate, and with good reason. Probate can be a lengthy and expensive process, during which time the intent of the maker of the will is not being met and the heirs and beneficiaries of the estate are not receiving their due inheritance. The probate lawyers at Lee Cossell & Crowley, LLP move quickly to fulfill the wishes of the testator and distribute the estate to intended heirs and beneficiaries as soon as possible.
Comprehensive Probate Assistance
There are many steps required to complete the probate process, which is the legal, court-supervised process by which a will is proven valid and given effect. Our probate attorneys assist the estate’s personal representative in every aspect of the probate process, which can include gathering together all property belonging to the estate and conducting an inventory and appraisal, notifying creditors and seeing that all debts and taxes are properly paid, and finally distributing the estate in accordance with the will and other testamentary instruments.
Experienced Civil Litigators Who Can Handle All Probate Litigation Matters
As experienced civil litigators, our lawyers are able to provide effective representation in any dispute which may arise during probate. We represent interested parties when potential heirs are omitted from the will, or when heirs and beneficiaries object to the appointment of a Personal Representative or believe the representative has failed to properly perform a required fiduciary duty. We handle will contests based on lack of testamentary capacity, failure to comply with the statute of wills, or allegations of fraud, duress or undue influence. We can also help to resolve disputes when there is more than one will in existence and it must be determined which will should be given effect.
Seek Experienced Legal Representation for Your Indiana Probate Matter
From managing the expedited process available for small estates to probating the largest estates with issues ranging from estate and inheritance taxes to will contests and challenges, the Indiana probate lawyers at Lee Cossell & Crowley, LLP have the knowledge, skills and ability to provide efficient, effective assistance throughout the probate process. If you need help with an Indiana probate matter, contact us today at our Indianapolis office for immediate assistance.