While estate planning allows for avoiding of the probate process, if an individual dies and owns assets in his or her sole name without a designated beneficiary, the probate process is necessary for the "unfreezing" of assets. The probate process can be costly and time consuming if you do not know how to properly undertake it, particularly if guardianship issues arise. As such, the experience of a skilled probate lawyer cannot be overvalued.
Asset Distribution Attorney Serving St. Charles and Surrounding Areas
We at The Lake Law Firm are ready to work with executors who are named or appointed by a probate judge to settle an estate. If you are facing the probate process, we are prepared to bring more than 50 years of combined experience to help you with issues related to:
- Asset gathering and identification
- Creditor notification and payment
- Stock and property liquidation
- Individual and estate tax filing
- Asset distribution among heirs based on will or Missouri law of intestacy
It is important to note that Missouri law recognizes a "small estate." In the case of a small estate, the probate process is not nearly as intrusive as a regular estate. We are committed to understanding if your estate can fall under that designation so that we can implement the most efficient possible strategy for undertaking the probate process. We are also able to look at categorization of property and help you take action to minimize any taxes when possible.
We also want to point out that we can aggressively advocate in court should the need for probate litigation arise.
To discuss any Missouri probate or estate administration issue in an initial consultation with one of our St. Louis probate administration attorneys, call 314-863-0077 or e-mail the firm.