Estate and Probate Administration
When a loved one passes, it is an emotional and trying time for you and your family. There are numerous questions that you may have regarding his or her assets and bills, what should happen to their house, or car, and did they have a will? At Efron & Efron, in Hammond, Indiana, our attorneys have extensive experience helping families sort through complex estate and probate administration matters. In addition, our firm is proud to help people deal with the complex issues associated with adult guardianships.
Skilled Probate and Estate Administration Lawyers
Administering an estate though the courts is referred to as probate. By contacting our estate administration attorney, Julie Stephens, we can help you access whether probate can be avoided, and if the assets in the estate can be transferred through an affidavit. If it proves necessary to initiate probate, we will establish a cut off period for creditors to file claims against the estate, to pay legitimate debts, file and pay Indiana inheritance taxes on behalf of the heirs, and collect and manage the assets of the estate.
Where probate is initiated, the court will appoint a personal representative to collect, manage, and distribute the estate's assets. In addition, the personal representative will be responsible for discharging the estate's liabilities. The personal representative must fulfill legal obligations to the heirs of the estate and to the court.
If the family members have located a will and the personal representative named therein accepts the nomination, he or she should make an appointment with an attorney as soon as reasonably possible.
Contact our Indiana Estate and Probate Administration Attorneys
If you have any questions about probate administration, estate administration, or adult guardianships, please contact the Indiana debt collections lawyers at Efron & Efron. Our attorneys can be reached by phone at  931-5380, by e-mail, or by filling out the intake form on our Contact Us page.