Virginia Estate Planning Attorneys

Estate Administration

Northern Virginia Probate and Estate Administration Attorneys

An estate is administered by either: (i) an executor if an executor was appointed in the deceased person's will; or (ii) an administrator if the deceased person died without a will. Administering an estate is a substantial legal and personal responsibility for whoever is appointed. An executor must ensure that the execution of the will is performed in a manner that is in keeping with the testator's intent, as well as the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia. An administrator must make sure that the estate's debts are paid and that the estate assets are properly distributed to the heirs in accordance with state law. That's why few people who are entrusted with this responsibility attempt to do so without legal counsel from a reputable estate administration lawyer.

The estate administration attorneys at the northern Virginia law firm of Hale Ball Carlson Baumgartner Murphy, PLC have extensive experience both working with executors and administrators, and administering estates. Our VA lawyers have assisted the families of deceased persons with all manner of difficulties that arise as an estate is being settled including, but not limited to:

  • Troubled Estates
  • Difficult Beneficiaries
  • Debts and demands hearing
  • UTC Reporting
  • Fiduciary Protection
  • Estate Problems
  • Inventories
  • Accounting
  • Beneficiary Notices
  • Apportionment
  • Debt and Creditors

In the best scenarios, the deceased person was testate (had prepared a will), the document clearly states the testator's intentions, and no interested party makes a claim that is counter to the executor's interpretation. However, this doesn't always happen. Frequently, the executor encounters one or more of the above listed issues. If the petitioner is a family member or close friend, this can cause irreparable damage to relationships at a very emotional time. The estate law attorneys at Hale Ball Carlson Baumgartner Murphy, PLC have experience in dealing with difficult wills and trusts. They can meet with fiduciaries and administrators and advise them as to how to deal with the common but difficult problems that can occur when a will is being administered.

Contact Hale Ball Carlson Baumgartner Murphy, PLC, for More Information

To schedule an appointment with a professional estate administration and probate attorney, contact us at 703-962-1164 or use our online contact form.

The lawyers at the Fairfax firm of Hale Ball Carlson Baumgartner Murphy, PLC understand that the best way to avoid a legal battle during the administration of an estate is to make all parties aware of the testator's intentions and the way that the law deals with disputed claims. For decades, Hale Ball Carlson Baumgartner Murphy, PLC has been serving families and individuals in Fairfax County, Fauquier County, Arlington County, Prince William County, Louden County, Vienna, Tyson's Corner, Leesburg, Manassas, and other parts of northern Virginia with their estate administration needs.

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