Attorneys Handling Probate And Guardianships
Legal issues like probate and guardianship are complicated. Most people are not legal experts, yet, facing the probate process or setting up a guardianship can involve significant ramifications. The most important thing you can do is work with an attorney you can trust to help you through these processes.
At Coffin, Coffin & Blackman in Martinsville, we have more than a decade of legal experience helping clients throughout central Indiana in all types of probate and guardianship matters. Our lawyers understand that probate and guardianship issues can be challenging, and we are here to help you.
What You Need To Know About Probate
Probate is the legal process by which someone’s debts are satisfied and assets are distributed to their beneficiaries once someone has passed. The process involves a legal representative who manages the process. There are clear, strict procedures to follow, which differ depending on whether or not there is a will.
If you have been named a legal representative in probate, you have a serious responsibility. You are legally required to handle all matters appropriately related to the estate and to make an accounting to the court. Failure to do so could be a breach of your fiduciary duty, which could result in serious problems including a lawsuit from a disgruntled potential beneficiary.
Our lawyers understand the probate process and we can help you with every step to make sure that no problems arise.
If you are a beneficiary or a representative involved in a probate dispute, our lawyers can help you find a favorable, efficient resolution.
What Is A Guardianship?
A guardianship is a legal instrument by which someone (a legal guardian) is appointed to make decisions on behalf of someone else (the ward). Guardianships are a common part of the probate process when someone passes away, who has children. The minor guardianship appoints a guardian to take care of the children.
Another type of guardianship is an elder guardianship, which appoints a guardian for an elderly person who has lost the ability to make their own binding decisions about their finances, health care and other important areas of their lives.
Our lawyers can help you with any type of guardianship, so you know the legal rights and obligations of everyone involved and can make the right decisions for your needs.