Guiding You Through The Probate And Estate Administration Process
Have you been chosen as the executor or personal representative of a Utah estate? You may not have realized how much work this entails, an added burden while you are grieving the loss of a loved one. Most people find it helpful to work with a lawyer to carry out these daunting responsibilities.
The compassionate attorneys of the Law Office of Penniann J. Schumann PLLC provide probate and estate administration services throughout the Salt Lake City and Park City metro areas. We will guide you step by step through the process, helping you to clear any obstacles and close the estate as efficiently as possible.
What Is Probate And What Are The Duties?
Estate administration, commonly known as “probate,” is the formal legal process for settling the estate of someone who has died. Most of the estate is processed through probate court, except for assets in trusts or life insurance proceeds which transfer directly. If the deceased had a last will and testament, the assets are distributed according to their written wishes. If the person died without a will, Utah statute dictates how the estate is divided.
The probate court appoints a personal representative (also known as an executor) to carry out the duties. Those tasks commonly include:
- Gathering and valuing the assets
- Notifying heirs and beneficiaries
- Notifying creditors and paying the bills
- Selling property to satisfy debts
- Distributing the remaining assets
- Filing taxes
- Closing the estate
Penniann Schumann also offers sophisticated trust administration services if you have been named as the administrator (trustee) of a trust.
How Long Does Probate Take?
Depending on the size and complexity of the estate, probate might be resolved in a few months or stretch out for a year or more. Our legal team provides close assistance to help you move as quickly as possible through the list of estate administration tasks.
We have experience with complicating factors such as commercial probate if the deceased owned a business and ancillary probate if the deceased owned real estate or other assets in a different state.
We Can Help You Get Started
Estate administration can be complex, but you do not have to tackle it alone. Contact the Law Office of Penniann J. Schumann PLLC to schedule a consultation with a member of our experienced and compassionate team. Call 801-839-4891 or send us an email. The sooner you start, the sooner you will be done!