Littleton Legal PLLC is here for your loved ones if you become incapacitated and when you die. We hold their hands (sometimes literally) through the guardianship, probate or trust administration process, providing guidance and support to protect your wishes, protect your assets, and protect your representatives from making costly mistakes.
If you have an estate plan, we will safeguard the process to ensure that the instructions in your will and trust are followed.
If you pass away or become incapacitated without the benefit of an estate plan, Littleton Legal is still able to provide guidance, peace of mind, and support to your loved ones as they navigate the necessary guardianship, intestacy, and probate proceedings.
If you don’t have an estate plan, your family will likely need to go to probate court upon your death to administer your estate and distribute assets to your heirs. Sometimes this is required even if you have signed a will. In fact, “probate” is a legal term for the process of establishing the validity of a will by proving to a judge that it was properly signed in the right state of mind and that it meets stringent statutory requirements. Most people want to avoid probate because it is public, time-consuming, and expensive. However, if a probate is necessary, our experienced probate attorneys will work hard for your family to navigate the process as efficiently as possible.
We assist your trusted appointees such as successor trustees, personal representatives, and executors with:
- understanding their responsibilities
- gathering, protecting, and managing assets
- filing all appropriate tax returns
- paying legitimate bills
- creating sub-trusts as instructed
- collecting death benefits
- dissolving trusts
- handling disclaimers
- distributing assets to beneficiaries or sub-trusts
- and making good and sound decisions all while being sensitive to the emotional challenges your loved ones are going through.
We invite you to contact us to learn more about our probate and trust administration services.