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By Your Side Throughout Probate Or Estate Administration

The death of a loved one is always an emotional event. Despite the family’s exhaustion, in the days and weeks that follow, someone will be given the overwhelming responsibility of serving as the executor for the estate – often an adult child or relative of the deceased who lives out of the area.

The designated representative finds that the administration of the estate involves not only the identification of beneficiaries/heirs and property but also the management of assets, insurance, real estate and numerous tax filings that often concern the laws of several states and the federal government.

Turn To Our Team During A Challenging Time

Our attorneys at Rice & Quattrone, PC, regularly counsel executors, administrators and beneficiaries during the probate and estate administration process. Whether you are from New Jersey or Pennsylvania or live out of the area but are involved in a Pennsylvania or New Jersey probate matter, we will be happy to serve as your local representative. Contact our Cherry Hill or Linwood office to discuss your needs with a probate lawyer.

In New Jersey and Pennsylvania, the probate process involves the identification of the decedent’s legal will and the appointment of an executor/personal representative. Estate administration follows a sometimes lengthy and complicated process during which the executor is responsible for tasks that include:

  • Identifying beneficiaries and property
  • Interpreting the terms of the will
  • Administering trusts
  • Disposing of real estate
  • Filing numerous income and estate tax returns

As attorney-in-fact (pursuant to a power of attorney), conservator, guardian, executor, administrator or trustee, you, the fiduciary, are responsible for handling the affairs of another. Clients may prefer to handle some of the work themselves, relying on us primarily for advice.

In other situations, our probate lawyers will prepare all court filings and returns for inheritance, income, gift and estate taxes during the course of the estate or trust administration.

We Work To Promptly Resolve Contentious Matters

When relationships or communications among beneficiaries and the executor are strained, our office will act as an intermediary, fielding calls from beneficiaries regarding their rights and reasonable expectations.

Our lawyers also represent the interests of beneficiaries of estates and trusts and can assist in cases when someone dies intestate (without a properly executed will). In cases when a will or trust is contested, our trial attorneys have the experience and skill to aggressively protect the rightful heirs in negotiations and litigation.

You Do Not Need To Face These Difficult Issues Alone

If you or someone you care about is facing probate or estate planning issues, a lawyer at our firm will take the time to get to know you before determining your needs. Contact our offices online to begin the conversation. Or, you can dial 856-673-0048 to reach us in Cherry Hill or 609-398-3447 to contact our Linwood location.

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