Probate

Definition of probate: Probate is the process by which a person’s debts are paid and the remaining assets titled in the decedent’s name are distributed upon their death; a legal process that occurs after death and provides for the legal transfer of probate assets to beneficiaries designated in a will or by the state if no will exists.

Probate Administration Terminology

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How Barchet Law helps…

Advising your decisions

Our services are designed to meet your needs, whatever they may be. As your advisor we address your concerns and walk you through the process to make it as easy as possible. Our attorneys ensure that each will, trust or estate is managed efficiently and in accordance with the decedent’s wishes.

Tailoring your solution

We help people avoid probate whenever possible.  Whether an estate must go through probate depends on many factors, including how the deceased set up their affairs.  Our compassionate attorneys will be there to help you every step of the way.  Call us and let us serve you at this difficult time.  We can:

  • Help heirs keep property, bank accounts and other assets.
  • Avoid paying unnecessary taxes, claims and expenses.
  • Fight Medicaid liens, Mo HealthNet estate recovery and TEFRA liens.
  • Ensure that inheritances are distributed properly.
  • Protect trustees, executors and families in will contests and trust contests.
  • Search for all unclaimed life insurance proceeds and every available death benefit.
  • Efficiently settle estates of loved ones who have died.
  • Maximize the inheritance for families and survivors.

We also represent executors, personal representatives, administrators, trustees, beneficiaries, and family members  in will contests, trust disputes, elder abuse actions, and breach of fiduciary duty actions.

Probate Resources

Probate Client Information Sheet

That isn't all we do

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