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Administration of Estates

The administration of an estate may be done with or without probate. Of course a probate proceeding requires pleadings and filing with the court and should usually be done by the executor of the estate with assistance of legal counsel.

The administration of a trust estate does not mandate use of an attorney, although this can often be helpful.

Many trusts may be written with complex layers of sub-trusts to achieve certain tax purposes. Other trusts may require ongoing administration when dealing with young or immature beneficiaries, or special needs provisions.

In these instances it is often helpful to consult with an attorney in making sure proper disclosures and notices are given, and to make sure accountings to beneficiaries are done with the right framework and timelines. Many trustees will hire attorney offices for the day to day running of the estate until the assets of the trust are liquidated and disbursed.

These kinds of actions are generally the ones that lead to family in-fighting and their destruction. Use of a qualified attorney can dissipate the stress during difficult times.