Probate Attorneys in Lee’s Summit
Guiding You through Each Stage of the Legal Process
The Worstell Law Firm represents client in both uncontested and contested probate matters in both Missouri and Kansas. Since 2004, our probate attorneys in Lee’s Summit have provided clients with well-informed advice and effective legal services.
What Is Probate?
Probate is the legal process of managing and distributing a person’s estate – money, assets, property, debt, taxes, etc. – after a person dies. The deceased person’s will is “proved” in probate court, and their estate is settled according to state laws of intestacy.
Probate generally involves:
- Establishing the executor or estate administrator
- Proving the will (if applicable)
- Collating the estate
- Paying remaining debts and inheritance tax (if applicable)
- Distributing the estate according to the will or the state laws of intestacy
- Closing the estate
How Do You Avoid Probate?
The best way to avoid probate is to have an airtight estate plan in place. Make it clear who your beneficiaries are and exactly how you want your assets and property to be distributed to those beneficiaries upon your death. This can be accomplished with a will, as well as a trust, so that your estate cannot be mismanaged when you’re gone.
Why Hire a Probate Lawyer?
As an executor or an estate administrator, you are under a lot of pressure to settle your loved one’s estate. Hiring a Lee’s Summit probate attorney ensures you have an experienced legal advisor on your sid to ensure you handle everything properly and never miss a step.