How To Accelerate The Administration Of An Estate

Probate is a very long process. There is a lot of paperwork you will have to fill out and there are mistakes you can make that will slow down the probate process. Fortunately, you will be able to make the probate process much quicker with the help of an estate administration attorney.

Help with Your Paperwork

Before your initial meeting with an estate attorney, you'll want to gather together all of your paperwork. When you hire an estate administration attorney, you will be informed about the type of paperwork you will need to fill out and much of the paperwork can be done for you. The attorney will also explain what each document means so you can decide what you are agreeing to when you sign the paperwork. 

Making Payments

There are various payments that must be made when you are managing an estate. You must pay the filing fee and you must also pay any taxes or outstanding debts that are owed. You will also want to respond to any notices from the court as quickly as possible.

The Distribution of the Estate

After all of the necessary payments have been made, the next step is to make sure that all of the estate has been distributed based on the laws in your state. While the distribution of the estate is not always a lengthy process, it can sometimes take years. For example, there might be a claim against the estate that will need to be resolved.

Avoiding Errors and Waiving Rights

With the help of an estate administration attorney, you will be able to avoid any errors that could have legal consequences and could also slow down the administration of the estate. However, there are also ways that your estate administration attorney can help you speed up the process by waiving certain rights that you might have in the state in which you reside.

For example, if an individual will be appointed as a personal representative, simply agreeing to the appointment can speed up the process of the estate administration. However, you will want to discuss this with your lawyer to make sure that it is in your best interest. 

When it is time for the estate to be closed, you will also be asked if you would like to waive your right to formal estate accounting. Choosing to waive this right can also speed up the process so that the estate can be quickly closed.

For more information, contact an estate administration attorney in your area.