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Probate Law

Experienced trust and estates attorneys help guide you through the process

Probate follows what is typically a painful emotional loss. The knowledgeable, meticulous probate attorneys at Craighill, Mayfield, Fenwick, Cromelin & Cobb, L.L.P. know how to ease the stress of probate by guiding Personal Representatives and beneficiaries. Our firm has been around for more than 125 years, and we have the skills and experience to effectively resolve your probate matters.

The process of probate

Most Personal Representatives have rarely if ever probated a will and know little about the process. We can guide you through the complex probate process, including:

  • Filing the will with the appropriate probate court
  • Developing the best strategy for fairly and expeditiously
  • Finding and collecting assets
  • Closing and opening bank accounts
  • Transferring assets from the deceased to the estate
  • Paying estate taxes
  • Valuing, managing, preserving and liquidating the estate
  • Locating beneficiaries
  • Hiring experts, when appropriate

Valuing and managing the estate

Our attorneys assist Personal Representatives with the arduous process of collecting, managing, valuing, protecting and liquidating the assets of the estate. We have a team of experts available to assist in every aspect of estate probate. When appropriate, the firm calls upon accountants, financial advisers, real estate agents, property managers and other professionals to assist with Personal Representative duties. We can access expert opinions about unique assets such as antiques, rare books, automobiles and other collectables for accurate valuation, management and possible sale.

Probate disputes

Even in apparently straightforward estate cases, there are sometimes disputes between beneficiaries. Our attorneys’ professional courtroom presence can calm the emotionally-charged process of probating a challenged will or disputed executor or judicial decision. When it is in the best interests of our client to preserve cordial familial relationships, our attorneys are adept at mediating these disputes. When necessary, we assertively defend our client’s beneficiary rights .

Contact the thorough estate planning lawyers at Craighill, Mayfield, Fenwick, Cromelin & Cobb, L.L.P.

Call Craighill, Mayfield, Fenwick, Cromelin & Cobb, L.L.P. at 202-364-4242 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.