Probate & Estate Administration

Probate & Estate Administration

When a loved one passes away, his or her estate often goes through a court-managed process called probate or estate administration, where the assets of the deceased are managed and distributed.  If the assets of the deceased were owned through a well drafted and properly funded living trust, it is likely that no court-managed administration is necessary, though the successor trustee needs to administer the distribution of the deceased's assets.  The length of time needed to complete the probate of an estate depends on the size and complexity of the estate and the local rules and schedule of the probate court.

The settlement of estates requires knowledge and experience with the complex matters of inheritances, will and trust administration, as well as asset management and other financial considerations  While probate process is unique in each state, it usually involves the following steps:

  • Filing of a petition with the proper probate court.
  • Notice to heirs under the will or to statutory heirs (if no will exists).
  • Petition to appoint Executor (in the case of a will) or Administrator for the estate.
  • Inventory and appraisal of estate assets by Executor/Administrator.
  • Payment of estate debt to rightful creditors.
  • Sale of estate assets.
  • Payment of estate taxes, if applicable.
  • Final distribution of assets to heirs.


Our Firm

The Law Office of Cheryl Gabes Rice, LLC is available to assist executors, administrators, heirs and beneficiaries throughout the probate process.  During this often difficult time, we are particularly sensitive to the emotional aspects of dealing with the passing of a loved one and always proceed with a compassionate and understanding approach, while remaining efficient and results-oriented in our efforts. We provide comprehensive probate and estate administration services, including:

  • Representing executors and administrators through the probate court process
  • Assisting executors and administrators by consulting and guiding them through the probate court process
  • Appearing in probate court on behalf of estates, beneficiaries and heirs


For frequently asked questions about probate, click here.

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