When a loved one dies, that person's assets must be collected, his or her debts must be paid, and the remaining assets distributed according to the decedent's wishes expressed in a will if one existed. This process is known as estate administration. The person named in the decedent's will to administer and settle an estate is known as the executor.
Administering an estate is not a simple process. In New Hampshire, estate administration is accomplished under the jurisdiction of the Circuit Court Probate Division. If you have been named executor of an estate, it is a good idea to consult with an experienced estate planning attorney who can help you navigate the probate process.
The estate administration attorneys at Backus, Meyer & Branch, LLP, in Manchester provide personal attention with a professional approach. We work with individuals throughout Hillsborough County and all surrounding counties.
Helping To Administer Estates For More Than Four Decades
Our firm has assisted families with a broad range of estate planning needs for more than 40 years. Our experience in all phases of estate planning is beneficial when it comes to properly administering wills and trusts. We understand what assets do not have to pass through probate, how to streamline the process and what steps to take if a dispute arises.
Our estate administration services include:
- Collection of assets and determination of their value
- Payment of debts and administration expenses
- Addressing tax issues and paying federal and state taxes
- Filing of all necessary documents with the probate court
- Distribution of assets to beneficiaries following the instructions in a decedent's will or the laws of New Hampshire intestacy (when a person dies without a will)
Our lawyers are sensitive to the emotions that family and friends experience following the death of a loved one. We help executors proceed with the initial stages of estate administration while providing ample opportunity for family members to grieve.
If you are an executor, beneficiary or other party of interest, we can answer your questions regarding probate and estate administration. Call 603-244-3282 or email us to schedule a meeting.