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Estate Administration After The Death Of A Loved One

Grieving a family member is hard enough. If you also have the job of processing their estate, it can be overwhelming.

You can turn to The Law Offices of Justin Rickman for guidance and support. Our attorney and staff offer close assistance for estate, trust and probate administration in Lake County and surrounding areas. We also provide legal counsel for contested wills and other probate litigation.

Efficient Handling Of Probate And Trust Matters

The duties of a personal representative (also known as an executor) may include:

  • Opening the estate in probate court
  • Gathering all the assets
  • Locating heirs and beneficiaries
  • Paying debts and taxes of the estate
  • Selling property (if necessary to pay creditors)
  • Distributing the remaining assets
  • Accounting and reporting to the state of Florida

The duties of a trust administrator (trustee) are a little different. Trust assets bypass the probate process, but the management of a trust may be ongoing if the funds are disbursed annually or at some future date.

We are here to give legal advice or clear obstacles, to help you wind down your loved one’s estate as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.

Not a Florida resident? We can help if you live out of state but your parent or relative died in Florida. Many of the tasks can be accomplished by mail, email and phone with the help of our legal team to reduce your number of trips down here.

Skilled Representation For Probate Disputes

A death in the family sometimes creates conflicts or opens old rifts. Justin Rickman has experience resolving and litigating probate and estate-related disputes:

  • Will contests (fraud or undue influence)
  • Breach of fiduciary duty by the executor/trustee
  • Misappropriated assets
  • Creditor lawsuits
  • Contested guardianship proceedings

We strive for solutions that keep the family peace, but we will vigorously defend our client from unfounded allegations or assert our client’s inheritance rights.

Experience And Integrity To Guide You Through

We can ease the burdens of estate and trust administration or protect your interests in probate litigation. Start with a free consultation. Call our Clermont office at 352-394-2041 or use our online contact form.