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Probate in Fairfax County

Looking for an attorney to guide you through the probate process in Fairfax? Probate is the court supervised process that occurs after an individual passes away. It involves the distribution and administration of the decedent's estate. Having to deal with the loss of a loved one is already difficult enough, let alone handling the probate process and administration of their estate.

With nearly 50 years of collective experience, the legal team at Hale Ball Carlson Baumgartner Murphy, PLC is committed to guiding you through the procedure and equipping you with the resources needed to do so. Our attorneys have the skill set and expertise to properly assist clients with their probate needs throughout Fairfax County.

Probate Areas of Practice

As a seasoned law firm in Virginia, we are committed to representing the individual probate needs of our clients. No matter how simple or complex the case may be, our estate planning lawyers can provide comprehensive knowledge and a clear sense of direction to the individuals we work with.

Our areas of expertise in probate law include:

  • Probate Process - When a person passes away, their estate is administered through the court process of probate. The procedure begins the appointment of the Executor who becomes responsible for managing the affairs of the decedent and properly administering their estate. This can be a rather complex process and should not be taken lightly.
  • Estate Litigation - Legal matters and disputes can often arise during the estate administration process. From will contests to challenges of a guardianship and breaches of fiduciary duty, these issues can become rather complicated. The court is typically involved and is held responsible to resolve estate litigation matters.
  • Will Contests - This type of legal dispute occurs when someone challenges the validity of a will. Whether they believe that the decedent was not of sound mind when creating the legal document or they feel that the decedent was unlawfully forced to create one, a Will contests is a very important legal matter. Not only can these instances put family members against each other, but it can also alter the intentions of the decedent.

Duties Involved in Probate & Administration

The administration of a loved one's estate involves many duties. The probate attorneys at our firm are here to assist you every step of the way with compassionate, caring professionalism, from identifying your estate administration needs to completing all tasks, including:

  • Taking possession and control of assets;
  • Managing estate assets and income;
  • Ascertaining and paying legitimate debts of the decedent;
  • Distributing assets of the estate to its beneficiaries or heirs;
  • Filing an inventory of the estate assets and one or more itemized accounts of all receipts, disbursements and distribution of estate assets;
  • Filing a variety of tax returns that may include estate tax returns, estate income tax returns, final personal income tax returns for the decedent and probate tax returns;
  • Interpreting questions regarding substandard or generic Internet wills;
  • Negotiating or litigating contested claims or will contests; and
  • Dealing with insolvent estates.

Legal Representation for Executors

The administration of estates can be complicated, even for small estates. Fiduciaries can save time and reduce liability by obtaining professional advice and assistance with handling of the estate, taxes and investments.

If you've been named executor of a loved one's estate, contact us to make an appointment with an experienced Fairfax probate attorney!