Experienced Missouri Trust and Estates Attorneys Guide You Through Probate
Probate follows what is typically a painful emotional loss. The knowledgeable, meticulous probate attorneys at Smith Estates & Trusts, LLC have 40 years of combined experience in probate law and know how to ease the stress of probate by guiding executors and beneficiaries through the complex process.
The process of probate
Most executors have rarely if ever probated a will and know little about the process. We can guide you through the complex probate process, including:
- Filing the will with the Missouri probate court
- Developing the best strategy for fairly and expeditiously probating the estate
- Finding and collecting assets
- Closing and opening bank accounts
- Transferring assets from the deceased to the estate
- Paying estate taxes
- Valuing, managing, preserving and liquidating the estate
- Locating beneficiaries
- Hiring experts, when appropriate
Valuing and managing the estate
We assist executors with the arduous process of collecting, managing, valuing, protecting and liquidating the assets of the estate. We have a team of experts available to assist in every aspect of estate probate. When appropriate, the firm calls upon accountants, financial advisors, real estate agents, property managers and other professionals to assist with executor duties. We can access expert opinions about unique assets such as antiques, rare books, automobiles and other collectables for accurate valuation, management and possible sale.
Even in apparently straightforward estate cases, there are sometimes disputes between beneficiaries. Our attorneys’ professional courtroom presence can calm the emotionally-charged process of probating a challenged will or disputed executor or judicial decision. When it is in the best interests of our client to preserve cordial familial relationships, our attorneys are adept at mediating these disputes. When necessary, we assertively defend our client’s beneficiary rights within the Missouri probate court.
Contact the thorough estate planning lawyers at Smith Estates & Trusts, LLC
Call us at (636) 949-3701 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.