Probate is the court-supervised proceeding used to transfer
the property of a deceased person to his or her heirs or beneficiaries.
Unless the value of such property is less than $150,000, a probate
is required, whether the property passes according to a will
or by the laws of intestate succession.
At Hand & Little, PC, we carefully guide our clients through
the often confusing probate process. Having closed 60 probates
or more, we can anticipate where the problems may lie and steer
our clients past the obstacles that would otherwise cause expense
and delay. We understand the importance of communicating with
clients clearly and frequently, and we make it a practice to
meet with our clients regularly, to keep the probate moving.
Hand & Little, PC represents both trustees of terminating
trusts, sometimes called “probate avoidance trusts,”
as well as trustees who expect to administer their trusts for
many years. We help our clients understand their responsibilities,
recognize their powers and respect their duties. From our experience
litigating trust disputes, we are quick to recognize the risks
a trustee must run and we are adept at protecting our trustee
clients from liability.
believe trustees must communicate clearly and frequently with
the trust’s beneficiaries and we work with our trustee
clients to ensure they communicate effectively. Whether they
are professionals with years of experience, or laypersons new
to the job, our trustee clients are always grateful for the
guidance we provide.