Reliable Fredericksburg Probate Attorney Serving Clients Throughout VA
Having to administer an estate can be a trying time for loved ones of the deceased. The last thing they want to put up with is the time and hassle of dealing with paperwork and having to learn how to cut through the red tape of probate procedures. The probate attorneys of James W. Hilldrup, PLC offer you a reliable and experienced solution to all of your needs – from estate planning to final administrative procedures.
What an Experienced Fredericksburg Probate Lawyer Can Do For You
A probate administrator files the deceased person's will (if one exists) with the court and handles all of the associated paperwork, including filing the death certificate. He or she then catalogs and accounts for all of the property belonging to the estate. The administrator helps to tally the worth of the estate and oversees the payment of any debts, taxes or fees that it owes, including the sale of any property to help satisfy such debts. A final key duty of the administrator is to inform any beneficiaries of the estate about their share and help oversee disbursements and distributions to the respective parties.
Even if one dies "intestate" (without a will), Virginia law provides rules for which next of kin should receive property from an estate. In such instances, it is still often necessary to have a qualified administrator to oversee the distribution process.
A qualified and properly designated administrator can also help to carry out the additional wishes of a client specified in testamentary trusts.
Professional Virginia Probate Administrators
With all of these duties, it is important that you have an experienced and organized administrator to probate an estate. Failure to administer an estate properly can result in punishment from the court overseeing the process, so it is important that the administrator be committed to the duties the position requires. James W. Hilldrup, PLC can offer you dedicated probate services that will help efficiently administer an estate while avoiding all unnecessary delays.
Contact a Qualified Attorney for Fredericksburg Probate Today
If you are thinking of drafting a will and wish to designate a qualified attorney to probate your estate, or if you wish to appoint an administrator to an already existing estate that needs probating, contact the offices of James W. Hilldrup, PLC today. We are committed to offering the highest quality services to all Virginians.