Estate Administration in Starkville
Starkville Probate Lawyer
Are you looking for a lawyer to help you with estate administration in Starkville? At The Crecink Law Firm, PLLC, we have nearly 40 years of experience assisting personal representatives in settling estates throughout Oktibbeha County. If you were appointed an executor or an administrator of a loved one's estate, we have the knowledge and experience to guide you through the complicated process of probate. We understand that administrating an estate can be overwhelming for the average person, and we are here to help you perform your duties as flawlessly as possible.
Importance of Dying with a Will
At the foundation of any solid estate plan is a will. A will ensures that one's possessions are divided according to their wishes and it dictates the terms of their estate, but it also eases the burden on the person's loved ones after they pass. When someone dies without a will, Mississippi law directs the division of their estate, which may be in a manner the decedent would not approve.
When one passes away, their will must go through probate, which is a court proceeding that declares the validity of a will. Once the will is declared valid, the court appoints an administrator for the will unless the deceased named an executor. If the executor or administrator is not an attorney, they must hire one to serve as an advisor.
Duties of the Executor or Administrator
- Take control of the decedent's assets
- Notify creditors and heirs
- Manage investments, rental properties etc.
- Pay all debts and claims against the estate
- Defend the estate from lawsuits
- File the decedent's final income tax returns
- Pay any applicable estate taxes
- After all debts and taxes are paid, distribute the remaining assets to the rightful beneficiaries
- Prepare accountings for the court
- Follow all directions of the court
Executors and administrators are held to the highest standards of fiduciary duty. They must act in the best interests of the beneficiaries at all times and they must not engage in any conflicts of interest or self-dealing. If a personal representative causes any harm to the estate, he or she can be held accountable for their actions and the court can remove them from their post.
If you have been appointed by the court to settle your loved one's estate, you have a large responsibility on your shoulders. You can turn to our Starkville probate attorney at The Crecink Law Firm, PLLC for legal advice and representation throughout the estate administration process.
Contact our office today to arrange your free initial consultation with Attorney Crecink.