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Probate & Trust Administration

Trapanese & Trapanese provides legal counsel and representation in probate and trust administration matters. Probate is the term used to refer to the court supervised process of transferring a deceased person's property, known as the "estate," to his or her family or other named beneficiaries. With the direction and guidance of an attorney, the decedent's personal representative martials and gathers assets, pays creditors, and distributes remaining estate assets to the decedent's beneficiaries in accordance with the decedent's wishes.

Unfortunately, the emotional trauma brought on by the death of a family member is often accompanied by bewilderment and confusion about the financial and legal steps survivors must take. For instance, a surviving spouse may have had little, if any, involvement with financial affairs and is forced to quickly address creditor isues, account and beneficairy designation changes, vehicle title transfers, and more. Or perhaps a surviving adult child must initiate probate administration even though she knows little about her parent's financial affairs. The estate may be in disarray or scattered among many accounts, or even among several States, which is not unusual. At Trapanese & Trapanese, our attorneys guide our probate clients through this very difficult time and arduous process by providing patient, knowledgable, and attentive legal representation.

Finally, our attorneys provide legal counsel and advice to trustees concerning the appropriate interpretation of trust directives, terms, and provisions to insure the proper administration of trusts, as well as the necessary notices and accountings which may be required. If you have questions or concerns about the proper administration of a trust, call us at 973.785.3131 for direction.