Virginia Estate Planning Attorneys

Probate & Estate Administration

Estate and Trust Administration in Fairfax and the Surrounding Northern Virginia Area

Personal representatives of wills, as well as trustees of a trust, have great responsibilities. They have responsibilities to the maker of the will or trust, who named them to manage their affairs. They have responsibilities to the beneficiaries of the will or the trust, who expect them to manage the estate or trust with due diligence. Moreover, they have responsibilities to creditors specifically including the state and federal government, and to meet legal requirements for filing documents and paying taxes and fees.

Few personal representatives and trustees handle their jobs without legal counsel. For will executors, especially, the complexity of the process is often complicated by the emotions surrounding the recent death of a loved one and the enhanced dynamics of family relationships in a supercharged atmosphere. The executor may know that the will must be executed and sent through probate, but may have additional priorities and little information about critical portions of the process.

If your family has experienced the loss of a family member, you may feel overwhelmed and confused.

Our Fairfax law firm can help you with understanding and working through probate process. Probate is the court-managed process by which the estate (the assets) of the deceased is inventoried and distributed according to state laws. This can often be an emotional task, and we make the process as understandable and uncomplicated as possible.

We provide all levels of assistance with estate administration issues, including:

  • Expansive education of the probate and estate administrative process
  • Filings with the court and probate office, including all recording requirements
  • Inventory, appraisal, and proper distribution of estate assets
  • Notifying heirs and handling disagreements among heirs
  • Settling debts of the estate to rightful creditors
  • Payment of estate taxes, if applicable
  • Preparation of Inventory and Accountings filed with the Commissioner of Accounts
  • Handling insolvent estates
  • Obtaining a debts and demands hearing to identify creditors and to protect fiduciaries from personal liability
  • Use of the administrative probate process to enhance the original estate plan, in order to obtain the maximum possible assets for the benefit of the beneficiaries
  • Enabling families to move forward without complication or delay
  • Representation of the executor or trustee in any estate or trust litigation

Please feel free to contact our office for full-service, timely and efficient assistance in the aftermath and devastation following your loss. For more than 25 years, the AV-rated* law firm of Hale Ball Carlson Baumgartner Murphy has provided legal services to our local communities.

Our Legal Fees for Estate and Trust Administration Work

Some law firms calculate their legal fees for estate and trust administration based on a percentage of the estate or the body of the trust. At Hale Ball Carlson Baumgartner Murphy, our legal fees are based on what our client's needs are and the extent of services we are asked to provide. With such a structure, we are able to provide high-quality legal services tailored precisely to our clients' needs and budgets.

Learn More — Contact Hale Ball Carlson Baumgartner Murphy

We offer a full range of estate planning services, including business succession planning. We also have skilled trial lawyers to manage related litigation such as will contests and allegations of fiduciary misconduct.

To discuss any estate planning or estate litigation issue, contact our office to make an appointment with one of our team of attorneys. Call 703-962-1164 or contact us online.


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