Get The Guidance You Need To Administer An Estate
Being named an executor or estate administrator is a great responsibility and in many cases, an honor. If your family member, close friend or anyone else has chosen you – or if you have been appointed – to settle an estate, you may easily feel overwhelmed at the task. As you select an attorney to help you, be aware that laws and procedures often change. A probate lawyer who focuses on estate law and stays up to date can be a valuable ally and a source of reassurance at a stressful time.
I am attorney Deborah E. Fortune, the owner and operator of The Fortune Law Center in Oklahoma City. I have decades of experience helping people throughout the metro area and statewide in probate and estate administration. I am available to make your tasks easier and protect you from liability as you settle an estate.
How I Can Help You With Your Duties As An Executor
Turn to my law firm with confidence for assistance in complying with the requirements of an executor or trust administrator. I can help you avoid errors, delays, and allegations of breach of fiduciary duty or any misconduct as you fulfill this serious responsibility.
If you will take an estate through probate, I can direct your steps as you get the probate court to validate the will. If there is no will, the estate is considered intestate and you may act as the estate administrator with similar responsibilities. In either situation, I can help you:
- Obtain the court’s approval of you as the executor or estate administrator
- File the will, if applicable, with the right probate court
- Locate beneficiaries (when there is a will) or heirs (when there is no will) and communicate with them in an accurate and timely manner
- Identify all assets
- Hire experts whose input may be necessary, such as property valuation professionals
- Communicate with and pay creditors and claimants as necessary
- Collect debts owed to the estate
- Manage all tax-related responsibilities, including filing a final income tax return for the estate of the deceased person
- Distribute assets to the correct beneficiaries or heirs at the right time
- Assist with real estate matters, including sales, transactions and title clearing actions
To Settle An Estate
Settling someone’s estate is a challenge even in the best of cases, but with my guidance, I can help you take all necessary steps legally and in a safe, timely manner.