Experienced Lawyers Represent Probate Clients in NJ and PA
It’s long been said that the only sure things in life are death and taxes. Estate Administration, the legal process of paying one’s debts (such as estate taxes) and distributing assets after death, is clearly a place where those certainties collide.
When problems occur in the administration of an estate, all too often, legacies are tarnished and money is wasted on taxes and bad investments instead of going to the intended loved ones. However, it doesn’t have to be that way if you have the proper guidance from an experienced probate and estate lawyer who understands the complicated nuances of the probate and estate laws in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Florida. Some areas we help clients in are Cherry Hill, Princeton, and Mount Laurel.
Common Estate Disputes that Lead to Litigation
When someone passes away, his or her assets are placed in a legal entity called an estate. If there is a valid will, and all the interested parties (relatives, beneficiaries and creditors) agree, then the estate can smoothly be handled and distributed. After the debts are paid, the beneficiaries get their shares. Many times, however, especially when there is no will in place, would-be beneficiaries argue over the estate assets and issues of control. When this happens, litigation may be necessary to handle:
- Attacks on the validity of the will or the appointment of the personal representative (the executor or administrator)
- Lack of capacity: The person who died didn’t understand what they were signing, rendering the will invalid
- Claims of undue influence: When a beneficiary applied undue pressure on deceased in an effort to favor themselves and possibly exclude others from the will
Schedule a Consultation with an Experienced Estate Litigation Lawyer
When the probate and estate administration process becomes derailed by disputes over how an estate in NJ or PA will be distributed, you need a skilled estate lawyer who will protect your interests and make sure you get what you are entitled to receive.
The knowledgeable estate attorneys at Bratton Scott have helped many clients in New Jersey and Pennsylvania navigate the estate process. We have offices conveniently located in Haddonfield, Linwood, and Ewing, NJ and Philadelphia, PA. Call us today at 856-857-6007 or fill out our online contact form, to request a confidential consultation.