Weatherby & Associates PC are the leading probate lawyers serving the Farmington area. Probate administration is the official way that an estate gets settled under the supervision of the court. Because the court oversees the division of property according to the decedent's wishes, you are going to want to engage a probate lawyer to begin the probate administration process. The probate process in Connecticut exists to prevent fraud, and it can be a confusing process. Many estates handled in probate courts deal with complex tax laws and statutes.
If your spouse dies with a valid will in Connecticut, someone must file it with the probate court in the county where he or she lived. The net estate must be calculated, the deceased's debts must be calculated and paid. All financial affairs need to be wrapped up and any remaining assets need to be distributed to designated heirs. Through the process of probate administration, Weatherby & Associates take the time to advise and assist executors and administrators in each phase of the process.
Probate is a court-supervised administration of an estate. Your assets are determined, bills and debts are paid, and your estate is distributed as directed by your will. Your probate lawyer's responsibility is to file the necessary documents and notifications, help the executor or executrix identify estate assets, identify estate debts to be paid, prepare estate tax returns, and liquidate and distribute assets to beneficiaries.
Because not all assets are subject to probate, Weatherby & Associates can discuss your options for avoiding probate. Our lawyers have experience in the use of a living trust and other estate planning services. Together, we can create a plan that is designed to preserve your assets and avoid the expense of probate. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call us at 860-769-6938 today.
Our service area includes the towns and surrounding areas of Avon CT, Farmington CT, Granby CT, and Suffield CT, in Hartford County CT.