Let Our Family Guide Your Family
In the emotional fog that blankets your life after the loss of a loved one, the difficulty of probate matters and estate administration is yet another dark cloud looming overhead. As a father and son legal team, we know how high emotions can run during family-related legal challenges like these. At Petriello Law, we are dedicated to helping you and your family find the blue skies again through efficient and affordable estate law counsel.
Lifting The Fog Of Probate
Whether you have encountered the complexities of estate administration before or not, the depth of this legal area can be overwhelming for anyone. Our attorneys believe that the best situations result from understanding. We see to it that every one of your questions about the probate process has an answer and that you never feel lost in the fog.
What Is Probate?
Probate is the legal process that estates must undergo when an estate plan is missing or incomplete. Without a will or trust in place to govern the division and distribution of property, the transfer of property is subject to court supervision. This process often involves 1) gathering and evaluating the assets of the deceased, 2) addressing the estate’s debts, taxes and bills, 3) dividing up the remaining assets among the deceased’s family members. In New Jersey, estates with wills often go through the probate process to ensure that the deceased’s wishes are followed according to the terms of their will. In these instances, our attorneys work with the executor to make the process as smooth and efficient as possible.
Who Is The Executor?
Most wills designate an individual to settle the estate. Oftentimes, the executor is a family member or close family friend, but an attorney can serve the role of executor as well. In situations when a will is not present, the court appoints an administrator to fulfill the role.
Why Do I Need An Attorney?
Probate and estate administration are immensely complex, and the process can involve many different areas of law, from real estate to family law. An experienced probate attorney has the breadth of knowledge many executors will not have at the beginning of the proceedings. Our attorneys have more than three decades of experience unsnarling the intricacies of probate for families in Passaic County. With us by your side, we can help avoid the common pitfalls executors encounter. We can provide seasoned counsel to reduce the impact of estate taxes, resolve potential disputes and close the estate efficiently, all the while keeping your emotional and familial needs at the forefront of our efforts.