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Caring Attorneys Helping You Settle A Loved One’s Final Affairs

The death of a family member or other loved one is undoubtedly a difficult time. If you have been named executor or personal representative of the estate, you are being asked to handle complex legal matters while also trying to grieve a loss. To put it mildly, that is not an easy position to be in.

Thankfully, you don’t have to go through this process alone. Working with an experienced probate and estate administration attorney can take most of the work off your shoulders, leaving you free to focus on more personal matters. At Hulse, Lacey, Hardacre, & Austin, P.C., our attorneys have been guiding clients through these legal processes for nearly 40 years. We offer representation that is efficient, affordable and sensitive to the needs of clients and their families.

Why Hiring An Attorney Is A Good Idea

The probate process is typically complex and time-consuming, which means that executors who are not attorneys may have trouble handling it on their own. Below is a list of the basic responsibilities of an executor, as well as other processes that may need to be completed:

  • Filing a notice of death with the appropriate court so that any estate creditors can be notified
  • Conducting a full inventory of estate assets and property, which also involves locating every item named in the will
  • Appraisal of assets to determine their current value
  • Paying estate-related debts
  • Preparing and submitting a final tax return for the estate
  • Preparing and filing state and federal inheritance tax returns
  • Selling or transferring estate assets, as necessary or directed
  • Distributing assets and personal property to heirs and beneficiaries named in the will and other estate planning documents
  • Appearing in court on behalf of the estate, when needed
  • Administration of any trusts (if necessary)

Our firm is ready to handle all these tasks (and more) on your behalf.

Simplifying The Process

Depending on the size and complexity of the estate, full probate may not be necessary. You may also be able to use trusts to minimize the need for probate. To use these alternatives, however, it is a good idea to consult with an experienced estate planning attorney in advance and create a comprehensive estate plan. Our attorneys can help you determine the solution that best meets your needs and then help you put it in place.

Contact The Firm And Leave The Difficult Work To Us

Hulse, Lacey, Hardacre, & Austin, P.C., is based in Anderson, Indiana, and we serve clients in Madison County and surrounding areas. For skilled and knowledgeable help settling a loved one’s estate, call us at 877-463-1969 or fill out our online contact form.