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Probate, Estate and Trust Administration

If your loved one has recently passed away, please accept our deepest condolences. We understand that this may be a challenging time for you and your family. Grief can be all-consuming. When combined with the responsibilities of being an executor of a person’s estate, making final arrangements and the work required to handle an estate administration and probate, the burden may be too much

That is where the team at Barney McKenna & Olmstead steps in to help. Our probate lawyers will alleviate the stress that comes with estate administration and probate so you can focus on your other obligations, work, and your own emotional needs during this trying time. Throughout the process, we will work with you providing guidance to get matter taken care of.

Our experience in probate and estate administration allows us to handle a wide range of estates, from simple estates with few beneficiaries and modest assets, to large complex estates with larger and varied assets. The administration of trusts and estates can be difficult without the guidance from an experienced probate attorney. We can take care of issues that arise with real estate, business interests and complicated family relationships. We also help clients navigate through contentious matters involving disputes over probate and trust administration, wills and other estate planning issues that can require litigation and court intervention

Get the help you need at this difficult time. Call Barney McKenna & Olmstead at 435-628-1711 to talk to our probate attorneys in St. George, UT and Mesquite, NV. Our attorneys are multi-state licensed and can provide probate services in St. George and throughout Utah as well as probates in Nevada and Arizona.

Our Probate Services in St. George, UT

Our experienced probate lawyers can help you with the following matters:

  • Probate of estates
  • Small estate affidavits
  • Administration of trusts and estates
  • Family settlement agreements
  • Estate and trust mediation
  • Modification, reformation, and termination of trusts
  • Trust and will construction
  • Trustee removal and succession matters
  • Trust and estate litigation
  • Will contests
  • Elective shares and rights of surviving spouses

What a Personal Representative Does

A personal representative, also referred to as an executor, is responsible for collecting the assets and distributing the decedent’s estate according to a will or the laws that apply to someone who dies without a will or intestate. Depending on the size and complexity of the estate, this can be a time-consuming and challenging job. A personal representative is responsible for:

  • Notifying heirs and creditors of the probate process
  • Creating an inventory of the decedent’s assets including obtaining values and appraisals where necessary
  • Formal accounting for the court in some cases
  • Paying taxes
  • Maintaining the assets and paying the bills
  • Liquidating assets to pay the estate’s debts
  • Distributing the assets to beneficiaries

When You Need a Probate Attorney

If you are uncertain of your next steps or what is expected of you, a consultation with a probate attorney is a good place to start. An experienced probate attorney can help you navigate through the sometimes complex requirements. Serving as a personal representative for a person’s estate is a big responsibility. You have a fiduciary duty to do what is best for the estate and the beneficiaries. You will need to navigate the court system, meet crucial deadlines, prepare documents and keep accurate records.

Some probates are fairly simple, and some can be very complex. Our attorneys can work with you and provide whatever level of support is necessary to provide you the comfort and reassurance you are seeking. Probates can get complicated when dealing with transferring assets such as real estate, investments or business interests. Our probate lawyers will work with you as a team to provide whatever level of service is needed to get your loved one’s estate squared away and disburse the assets to the beneficiaries in the fastest and most efficient way possible.

Complications can arise. Misunderstandings are common in these situations and family members can have strong feelings about what they think they are entitled to which may be different than what was actually written in a person’s will. An experienced probate lawyer can help you with:

  • A large estate or an estate with complex assets including real estate, investment accounts and business interests
  • Disputes between family members regarding the will, its validity, or proper ownership of assets
  • A personal representative’s lack of experience or confidence to handle these complex transactions
  • Concerns from beneficiaries that the personal representative will not fulfill their duties or will use the estate for their own benefit

How a Probate Attorney in St. George, UT Can Help

Our attorneys are licensed and help with probate matters in Utah, Nevada, and Arizona. Call one of our probate attorneys in St. George, Utah, for a consultation to see how we can best serve you in getting through the probate process. We also have probate attorneys in Mesquite, Nevada, ready to help. For many people, this is simply too much to do alone. Whether the estate is small or large, you will be relieved to have an experienced probate attorney on your side.

Set Up a Consultation with Our Team Now

Are you ready to discuss your options and find out if hiring a probate attorney is right for you? Call us now at 435-628-1711 or send us a message online to set up a meeting with one of our attorneys.