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Clarksville Probate Lawyer

Helping You Through the Estate Administration Process

At Runyon & Runyon, we hold ourselves to a high standard and handle every case with professionalism and integrity. In probate matters, our team represents beneficiaries, executors, administrators, and personal representatives of a deceased person. Thus, whatever your role in the process, our team can provide the legal assistance and advice you need for your probate matter. We can ensure that asset distribution is carried out according to the decedent's wishes and the law.

Runyon & Runyon has been serving the community for over 80 years. Our Clarksville probate attorney works hard to give our clients sound guidance throughout the process, giving them peace of mind and clarity at every stage. When you turn to us, we will take the time to review your loved one's will and determine the next steps. We can help executors and administrators lawfully fulfill their duties and assist beneficiaries with resolving disputes. Our team is adept at handling the probate and administration process in all types of situations, including high-value cases.

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What Is Probate?

Probate is a legal process that an estate must pass through after a person's death. If the deceased left a will, the document will be analyzed and verified to ensure it's valid. Then, the court will appoint an executor (who may have been identified in the will) or administrator to handle, protect, manage, and distribute property on behalf of the deceased.

Is Probate Only Required When a Will Exists?

An estate may go through probate whether or not the deceased established a will. Regardless of the situation, the process for collecting, managing, and distributing assets is similar. However, there are a few differences.

If the person had a will (referred to as testate), they may have appointed an executor for their estate. Additionally, they may have specifically stated how they want their property distributed to heirs.

In contrast, if the person did not have a will (referred to as intestate), the court will assign someone to serve as the estate administered. The deceased's assets will be distributed according to state laws.

What Are the Executor's or Administrator's Duties?

The probate process involves everything from validating a will to distributing assets. Although the court is directly involved in the initial stages, the steps for getting assets in order is left up to the executor or administrator.

Individuals appointed to either of these roles have several responsibilities, including:

  • Locating heirs (if not specified in a will)
  • Finding, collecting, and protecting assets
  • Getting the property appraised
  • Locating creditors
  • Paying off debts
  • Filing final taxes
  • Distributing assets to beneficiaries

At Runyon & Runyon, our probate lawyer in Clarksville can provide executors and administrators advice for all stages of the estate administration process.

High-Value Probate

Matters involving high-value estates are complex. They often involve various forms of property, business interests, and costly assets. The stakes are high in these cases, and a misstep at any stage can have substantial impacts.

At Runyon & Runyon, our team takes the time to review all aspects of the estate to help preserve wealth and allow for a smooth transfer of property. We can ensure that the decedent's desires are appropriately addressed and handled.

Prepared to Protect Legal Interests

Probate and estate administration can, at times, be contentious. In these circumstances, our team works hard to mitigate conflict and foster an efficient process. We are ready to help with estate litigation and protect the rights of our clients.

Reach Out to Our Firm Today

Because the law is complex and constantly changing, it's crucial to handle your matter with our Clarksville probate attorney’s help. We can help you understand the legalities of your situation and guide you through the process.

Get the legal representation you need by contacting us at (931) 805-4445.

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