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We Can Help You With Virginia’s Complex Probate Process
Probate is the legal administration of the estate of a deceased person or the “testator,” the resolution of all claims against it and the distribution of the deceased testator’s property. A probate court interprets the testator’s instructions (if the deceased had a valid last will and testament), decides the executor (or administrator if the person died without a will, known as “intestate”) as the personal representative of the estate, and adjudicates the interests of heirs and other parties that may have claims against the estate.
Many legal and technical questions often arise in even the most well thought out estate plan. Such questions and legal issues include probate and trust administration; creditor notification; publication of legal notice; providing guidance to executors, administrators and trustees; homestead property concerns; pending lawsuits and/or debt associated with the estate; sale of real estate; estate tax concerns; and various petitions and letters of administration. For all these issues, competent legal counsel is needed to obtain the best possible outcome for you and your loved ones.
At The Dickerson & Smith Law Group, our lawyers are experienced and highly motivated to provide you and your loved ones peace of mind during the difficult time of dealing with the death of a loved one and will advocate for your interests so you can focus on family and friends. Also, because probate is often a long and complicated process, our lawyers can help you take steps in advance, including trusts and specially designated bank accounts, to avoid probate altogether. Again, such steps are best affected by our competent and experienced attorneys. Please contact us today at 757-828-0031 for an appointment.