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Vinton Probate Attorneys

Guiding You Through the Probate Process in Benton County

Dealing with the death of a parent, sibling, spouse, or close friend is traumatic and an unfortunate reality that we all face at some point in our lives. If your loved one’s estate does not exceed $25,000 and consists solely of personal property, a probate proceeding may not be required. However, in most other cases the estate will need to go through probate, where a named executor or administrator is in charge of managing the estate through probate. This is a court-supervised process where assets of the decedent are managed and distributed to beneficiaries. An experienced probate attorney can be an important resource for navigating the path of an estate settlement.

Schedule an initial consultation with Mossman Law Firm to discuss your probate matters in more detail.

Probate Services We Offer

When someone you love passes away, it is a difficult and highly emotional time. Yet those closest to the deceased are often tasked with the responsibility of distributing their estate and managing their end-of-life affairs. Our probate services are designed to ease this burden of transferring assets upon a loved one’s death.

When you contact Mossman Law Firm, our probate attorneys can help you with:

  • Initiating a probate case on behalf of the deceased
  • Inventory of assets in the estate or trust
  • Preparing estate tax returns
  • Ensuring legitimacy of creditor claims
  • Minimizing loss of estate assets to creditors, taxes, legal fees, and other probate costs
  • Defending the deceased’s will against challengers
  • Representing beneficiaries in challenging a will or probate of an estate
  • Interpreting terms of a will or trust and making sure they are carried out correctly
  • Finding beneficiaries named in the will or trust, contacting them, and ensuring they receive the appropriate portion of the estate
  • Locating and preserving estate assets
  • Maintaining accurate records
  • Ensuring all required court filings are filed correctly
  • Managing communications with beneficiaries, creditors, and other parties involved

What Must Go Through Probate?

Probate is an official court process for transferring the titles to real estate the deceased owned at their death. The instructions for who will receive titles for a certain property are dictated in a will, which is why wills must go through probate. However, not everything needs to go through probate. Vehicles, for instance, and any property designated in a trust can skip the probate process and be transferred directly to the named beneficiaries. Additionally, if the deceased owned the property as joint tenants with another person, probate may not be necessary to transfer the title since other people are already listed on the title. 

Probate is a lengthy process that is best handled by an experienced attorney. We can guide you through the probate process step-by-step and ensure all the property is appropriately distributed according to the wishes of the deceased. We can also help you determine what might not need to go through probate, as well as handle all other associated matters like estate taxes.

Contact Mossman Law Firm to schedule an initial consultation to get started on the probate process today.

The Origins of Mossman Law Firm
The Mossman Law Firm dates back to the 1800s, beginning with the practice of Judge G. M. Gilchrist, Senator W. P. Whipple and Judge E. F. Brown.
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John Mossman Partner

In 2002, John became the fourth-generation lawyer with the firm joining his father, Mark, and grandfather, Keith, in the practice of law. John practices primarily in criminal defense, civil litigation, real estate and probate. He serves on several community boards, is married and is a very proud father of three daughters.

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