Probate and Estate Adminstration
Experienced and Compassionate Austin Probate Attorney
When a loved one passes, the next steps are often unclear. Nielsen Law is here to help guide you through the emotional and stressful probate and estate administration process that follows the death of a loved one.
Whether the deceased had a living trust, Will, or died intestate (without a will), we can take you step-by-step through the administration process. Attorney Liz Nielsen is Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and has guided many families through the estate administration process.
The process of probate is often complex and stressful. You don’t have to go it alone. Nielsen Law is here to help.
Our Estate Administration Process
One of the things that sets us apart from other firms is our estate administration process. Our process ensures that we address your immediate concerns, get to know you, understand your needs, and make recommendations based on what procedure will be most efficient and effective for your specific situation. Each time we interact, our goal is to move one step closer toward concluding the estate administration process. We want to ensure that the process is as easy and painless as possible: we hold your hand through each step and guide you through the often complex and stressful estate administration process.
The estate administration process starts with an initial meeting. This first meeting is a time for us to get to know each other. We will ask you to fill out our client worksheet and bring it with you to the meeting. We will review your worksheet and use it to discuss your immediate concerns and questions. We will also discuss in detail our estate administration process and how we work with clients. This is a good time for both you and us to determine if we are a good fit to work together.
Before we can determine the most efficient process for administering your loved one's estate, it is necessary to gather all of the decedent's assets. We will work with you to obtain financial statements, deeds, and to determine if there are life insurance or retirement accounts.
Once all of the assets of the estate have been gathered, we will review the documents and create a flowchart of the estate plan. We will then meet to go over the results of our review and discuss whether a probate or other administration is necessary.
If, after reviewing all of the gathered assets, it is determined that a probate is necessary, we will help guide you through the appropriate probate process in court.
Once the administration is complete, we will then work with you to distribute the assets in accordance with the documents and court requirements.
At the conclusion of the estate administration, we will meet with you to complete a final review of all of the assets, confirm that all assets have been distributed, and, if necessary, formally close the estate.