Knox Estate Administration Lawyers
In Indiana, probate has two main goals: paying the debts of the deceased and transferring money and property to his or her heirs. While this may sound simple, the process is often extremely complex and time consuming.
Indiana has strict guidelines governing probate, how wills are submitted to court, timeframes for filing required documents and procedures used to locate and pay creditors and beneficiaries. It is important to consult with experienced attorneys who understand local probate laws, are familiar with local courts system and will help you complete the probate process as efficiently as possible.
At Nichols & Wallsmith, we have been representing the local community for more than 120 years. Located in Knox, our attorneys help clients throughout Northwest Indiana and Michiana* during the probate process.
Starke County Probate Attorneys
Being named as personal representative, or executor, of a loved one’s estate is an honor. However, it can also feel burdensome. As a personal representative, there are many strict rules you must follow and steps you must take. Failure to live up to these duties may expose you to personal liability.
Oftentimes individuals name close friends or family members as executors. While this is an honor, it also often leaves grieving individuals with the heavy burden of administering an estate.
At Nichols & Wallsmith, we help personal representatives complete the probate process in the most efficient manner possible, while protecting themselves against legal action.
Our lawyers provide as much or as little support as needed to assist our clients in fulfilling their probate duties. Probate duties include:
- Identifying and notifying estate creditors
- Submitting a will to probate court
- Identifying and valuing all of the assets in the estate, including real estate, farms, business interests, personal property and bank accounts
- Paying the bills of the estate, such as mortgage payments, car payments and utilities
- Identifying and notifying beneficiaries under the will or under Indiana’s intestate laws if no will exists
- Estate distribution and transferring money and property to beneficiaries per the will’s directions or state intestate laws
- Defending the estate against creditor and beneficiary claims, and will contests
For Help With Probate Administration, Contact Nichols & Wallsmith
*The attorneys at Nichols & Wallsmith are only licensed in Indiana.