Probate is a legal process whereby a court oversees the distribution of assets left by a deceased person. Assets are anything a person owns with value, such as real and personal property and cash, for instance.
Grieving the loss of a loved one is difficult enough without having to also deal with the legalities of their estate. Most people’s estates need to go through probate, which is the legal process of settling the estate. If someone dies with a will and has named a personal representative, often called an executor, this person will be responsible for administering the estate. Or, if someone dies without a will or did not appoint a personal representative in the will, the probate court will appoint one.
It is essential to work with an experienced legal team to protect your interests and help you through the estate administration process. The New Hampshire probate lawyers at Parnell, Michels & McKay understand that the role of an estate administrator can be complex and demanding. Our probate attorneys are committed to providing thorough, personalized representation through every step of the process.
How We Can Help
At Parnell, Michels & McKay, we offer you extensive resources and a long list of services to satisfy the needs of our clients.
- Our attorneys bring 40 years of combined experience to our relationships with our clients.
- We make sure that our clients understand the law as it applies to the issues they are facing, and then work with them to bring the issues to a conclusion promptly and fairly with sensitivity and compassion.
- We strive to ensure a positive overall experience for our clients through exceptional customer service.
Our probate lawyers at Parnell, Michels & McKay represent clients in all manner of probate cases. We provide families and individuals with the legal representation and counsel they need to protect their interests during probate litigation proceedings. In addition, we offer the legal services an individual will need to protect themselves, their assets and provide for their loved ones in the future.
Understanding The Probate Process
There are three general focus points for probating an estate. First, a probate estate must be opened by filing the appropriate paperwork with the probate court and notifying the beneficiaries and the heirs of the loved one’s passing. An executor is then appointed if there is a will, or an administrator is appointed if there was no will. Next, the assets of the decedent must be gathered. The focus is on debts and taxes that must be paid, and whether there is enough money to cover all the taxes and debts of the estate. If not, properties or assets can be sold to pay these debts. Once these complex steps are completed, the final focus is on the distribution of the remainder of the estate pursuant to the decedent’s will or pursuant to the intestacy statute.
At Parnell, Michels & McKay, we provide sound counsel and guidance throughout the entire administrative process from the appointment of the executor through the final closing of the estate. This includes:
- Preparing the estate
- Determining heirship
- Distribution of property
- Probate hearings
- Estate tax elections and filings
If you have been named an executor, or wish to become an administrator for a decedent who had no will, contact our office to learn how our probate attorneys can assist you with this process.
Start With A Consultation
Our legal team is committed to helping clients in Londonderry and throughout New Hampshire, navigate the legal complexities and get the result they deserve. Our estate planning and probate attorneys have a proven track record, and concentrate on understanding your ultimate goals to formulate the best options for achieving them. We give personal attention and listen carefully to each client’s case and are committed to the highest standards of moral and ethical conduct, while vigorously and effectively representing your best interests.
We are well-versed in all forms of probate in the state of New Hampshire and provide efficient and affordable probate representation for our clients. We are prepared to guide you through the probate process with the personal attention and dedication you expect and deserve. Contact us today by calling (603) 434-6331. You can also send us a message or text us through our website.