Probate And Estate Administration

Even if someone has taken steps to plan for the disposition of assets through estate planning, there will always be legal actions left to take once the individual has died. These "legal actions" are the processes more commonly known as probate and estate administration.

At the Basking Ridge law firm of D'Alessandro & D'Alessandro, LLC, we have extensive experience in handling both probate and estate administration matters. Over the last 35 years, this experience has translated into the respect and trust of countless families and individuals throughout North and Central New Jersey. Clients appreciate the quality, affordable work our attorneys provide throughout the estate administration process.

We handle:

  • Probate litigation, including will and trust contests
  • Determination of heirs, including DNA testing
  • Guardianships for minor children and disabled or incapacitated adults
  • Estate administration
  • Accounting to beneficiaries
  • Disposing of assets such as real estate or businesses
  • Litigating disputes over executor performance
  • Guardianship contests
  • Settling the debts of the estate
  • Securing tax waivers
  • Marshalling of assets
  • Representing the executor of estates or personal representative
  • Acting as the executor of the estate
  • Paying estate taxes
  • Transfer of title for real estate and other assets
  • Sale of real estate and other assets

Resolving Estate-Related Litigation

When conflicts cannot be resolved amicably, D'Alessandro & D'Alessandro, LLC, represents both plaintiffs and defendants in estate and probate litigation. Our clients frequently include executors, trustees and other concerned parties.

Probate issues that may require litigation include:

  • Will contests or fraud
  • Improper administration of an estate
  • Allegations of undue influence
  • Removal of an executor

Breach of fiduciary duty is one of the most common claims made against an estate administrator. Fiduciary duty refers to the administrator's responsibility to manage the estate's finances honestly and sensibly. Breaches of this duty can include:

  • Failure to distribute funds
  • Poor investment
  • Self-dealing
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Embezzlement
  • Fraud

Providing Prompt And Responsive Service

Throughout the probate process and the administration of the estate, clients can expect to be kept regularly informed of developments and to receive prompt responses to their questions and concerns. Our lawyers are accessible and available to meet with clients whenever the need arises.

To find out more about the high-quality, affordable estate administration and probate services we offer in Bernards Township, Basking Ridge and surrounding areas, contact us at our office today. Call 908-340-6459 or send us an email.