Probate

Probate and Estate Administration

When a loved one dies, the last thing on your mind is property issues. It may be necessary to consult an attorney to discuss the potential problems you may encounter regarding his or her estate. One important issue is the difference between assets that may be dealt with in a will or trust, and those assets that are known as non-probate assets (such as life insurance).

At Fletcher Van Gilder LLP our attorneys can help with various problems so you can focus your time and energy on the family in this difficult and emotional time. As experienced probate attorneys, one of our goals is to prevent you from being overwhelmed with the legal aspects of your loved one’s estate. If you are in need of legal guidance and advice, please contact us to schedule a one-on-one consultation with one of our lawyers.

Click here to print our Estate Questionnaire (pdf).

Representing Trustees, Administrators and Executors

In Indiana, there is a distinction between small estates and those that must be formally handled by the Probate Court. Currently, the law states that if an estate is worth $50,000 or less, it does not have to be filed in the Probate Court. However, these cases may have legal issues that need to be considered. Although you do not have to go to Probate Court when administering a small estate, you should still have an attorney to guide you through the process. An attorney will help you avoid liability issues as you carry out your fiduciary responsibilities.

Before you see an attorney, it is imperative that you gather as much information as possible regarding your family member’s estate. This information will aid us as we help you to determine how to pay creditors, close accounts and deal with any other financial or property maintenance. Click here to view and print our Guide for the information that you may need.

For more information, or to speak with one of our skilled attorneys, call us at 260-425-9777 or contact us online.

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