When someone dies in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, his or her property must be distributed in accordance with state law. This typically involves a process known as “probate,” which can be lengthy and expensive. To ensure that the administration of your estate or the estate of a loved one goes as smoothly as possible, it is best to consult a qualified attorney like Stephen Howard who understands estate planning and probate law.
About Estate Planning
The term “estate planning” refers to the process of creating wills, trusts and other documents that determine how your assets are distributed after your death and which can also minimize death taxes. These documents can name beneficiaries, designate the individual who will oversee your estate and even prevent certain assets from going through probate. Having a qualified attorney aid you in the estate planning process ensures that your documents are constructed properly and that your property will be distributed in accordance with your wishes.
About Estate Administration
Estate administration occurs after the decedent dies. During this time, the deceased person’s will is admitted into probate court, an executor is named, all debts are paid and the remaining assets are distributed to heirs based on the instructions left behind. If you are involved in the administration of a probated estate, having an attorney to represent you in or out of court and guide you through the process is essential.
Contact Stephen Howard, Attorney and CPA
If you are in need of estate planning services or you are involved in the probate of an estate, please contact Stephen Howard today to schedule a consultation.