Let us take the stress out of Probate & Trust Litigation
If you have lost a loved one, figuring out how to handle assets, property, and even creditor claims can be a daunting task while working through the grieving process. We understand.
AGR Legal Services takes the stress out of the legal work and litigation by providing a full spectrum of probate services, including small estate affidavits, spousal refusal of letters, limited administrations for litigation purposes, full administrations with or without a will, admitting a will to probate, will contests, discovery of assets, and accounting cases.
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A loved one’s affairs following death +
Navigating a complicated web of time deadlines, forms, and paperwork is no small task. Hiring an experienced probate attorney can minimize the stress of managing post-mortem affairs.
Experienced with the probate process throughout Missouri and Kansas
Familiar with requirements and process in even the most rural jurisdictions
The affairs of an incapacitated family member +
Incapacity is a difficult issue for families and loved ones to navigate. Often, a court-appointed guardian and/or conservator is needed to assist a loved one in making decisions that affect their health, physical well being, and finances. We can help you ensure that your incapacitated loved one gets the care they need and deserve.
Issues following a client’s death during pending litigation +
When clients pass away while litigation is pending, the firm is often left without a client. In order to continue litigation, obtain medical and other necessary records, or confer settlement authority, probate is often necessary. We’ve assisted numerous law firms in opening probate estates across both Kansas and Missouri, in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
Fiduciary litigation is complicated; personal representatives, trustees, agents under power of attorney documents, guardians, conservators, and the attorneys who represent them are required to adhere to a strict set of fiduciary duties. Numerous considerations, such as the proper filing of creditor claims, the acts and/or omissions of fiduciary duties with respect to the interests of heirs and interested parties, and even the order and dates of documents filed in a case can all serve to limit a fiduciary’s legal liability. We have experience successfully analyzing and navigating claims involving fiduciary litigation.
The Probate Process
When a loved one passes away, their estate often goes through a court-managed process called probate, or estate administration, to manage and distribute their assets.
Each probate estate is unique, but most involve these steps:
File a petition with the appropriate probate court
Distribute notice to the heirs under the Will or to statutory heirs, if no Will exists
In the case of a Will, file a petition to appoint an Executor, or Administrator, for the estate
Filing of a petition with the proper probate court.
The Executor/Administrator inventories and appraises the estate assets
Payment is made to rightful creditors to clear estate debt
Estate assets are sold
If applicable, estate taxes are paid
Final assets are distributed to the heirs
Probate touches all areas of law
From custody issues to questions of credit and gun inheritance, nearly every area of law intersects with probate. In order to make sure our clients’ needs are met to the fullest, AGR frequently co-counsels with attorneys in other areas of law. Whatever the case, we provide prompt and experienced litigation consulting to plaintiff’s firms and attorneys, ensuring a comprehensive litigation strategy for maximum client benefit.