Millsboro Probate Lawyer
Dedicated Legal Representation for all Delaware & Maryland Probate Matters
Estate administration, also known as probate, is a general term used to describe the settling of the affairs of someone who has passed away. Estate administration is overseen by the register of wills in the county where the deceased person was a resident at the time of their death. If the person had a Will, the original will be filed with opening paperwork seeking to have the designated person, called the Executor or Personal Representative, appointed to represent the estate.
Once appointed, the personal representative has the ability to locate, value, and consolidate the assets of the deceased person. An itemization and valuation of the assets is then filed with the Register of Wills. Through the estate administration process, individuals related to the deceased person or named in the Will, as well as potential creditors are notified of the proceedings.
After the statutory creditor has expired, or up to a year after the personal representative is appointed, the personal representative must complete an accounting of the estate, reflecting the value of all assets, the administrative costs and expenses paid on behalf of the estate and the remaining balance to be distributed to the heirs.
The register of wills then reviews and approves the accounting, which can take several more months. After the accounting is approved, the personal representative is in a position to release the distributions to the designated heirs. If a person does not have a Will, the probate process is similar, only the default statute, called the intestate law, controls how the assets will be distributed.
Determining whether estate administration is necessary involves an initial review of the assets belonging to the decedent and how those assets are titled. Estate administration can be complicated.
At DiPietro Law, our Millsboro attorney in Sussex County will assist Delaware and Maryland clients in handling all aspects of estate administration. We understand that the loss of a loved one can be an emotional time. Additionally, you may be overwhelmed by the prospect of handling all of the legal details of estate administration while also having your own obligations of work and family.
If you believe you are authorized to act on behalf of the estate of a loved one, we are here to help you understand your responsibilities and navigate the process with experience and compassion.
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