Estate Administration and Probate
Louisville’s Knowledgeable Estate Administration and Probate Attorneys with over 50 years of combined legal experience.
Estate Administration: Estate Administration is the process of administering and settling an individual’s estate after their death. An Executor or Administrator is appointed by the court to gather and manage the estate's assets, pay the estate's bills and taxes, and distribute the assets to the beneficiaries. Estate and Trust administration requires a certain level of expertise and knowledge, and the process can be very complicated, confusing, and stressful, especially considering that beneficiaries are already dealing with the passing of a loved one. Our firm can assist you in the Estate and Trust Administrative process to ensure all aspects of the Estate Plan get carried out based on the decedent's wishes if possible, whether or not they passed away with Estate Planning documents such as a Will or Trust.
Based on Kentucky Law, if an individual has passed away without a Will or a Trust, usually a spouse (if present) or an adult child or parent would be in charge of the estate administration process. David Black can assist you with the confusing Estate Administration and Trust Administration processes by working hand in hand with your family members, accountant, stockbroker and/or financial planner.
Probate: Probate is the process of reviewing an individual’s Will by the court. Upon the review of the Will, the court will determine if the document is authentic and consistent with State Law. In addition, the court ensures that the individual’s debts and taxes are paid before the heirs take their inheritance.
A typical Probate process takes anywhere between 6 months to 1 year to complete before the heirs named in the Will will be able to receive the inheritance. Because Kentucky Probate Law requires that the individual who is managing the estate be familiar with probate proceedings, it is often helpful to acquire the services of a Probate Attorney to assist you with the probate process.
Will Contests: Will contests are sometimes experienced when someone challenges the validity of the Will for various reasons. Our firm is here to guide you through the legal process.
Estate Litigation: Litigation results when there is a disagreement about how the assets are being managed or distributed, or about the role of the Executor/Administrator. There are also many other areas of estate litigation, and our firm is here to help you through the difficult legal process.
Contact the law office of David A. Black at (502) 244-3153 to evaluate your estate administration, probate and litigation needs.