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Experienced Attorneys Handle Probate and Estate Administration in the Cheshire Area

Reliable Connecticut lawyers assist executors and administrators

To maximize the value of an estate in probate or another administration process, representatives may find it helpful to contact an established estate planning law firm. At Ouellette, Deganis, Gallagher & Grippe LLC, our attorneys advise clients serving as executors or administrators on how to comply with all aspects of estate administration accurately and completely. If you’ve been appointed to either position, you can benefit from sound legal guidance so you are not held personally liable for losses in the value of estate assets due to errors or misconduct. We guide individuals in the Cheshire area and throughout Connecticut through probate and estate administration with confidence and efficiency.

Thorough advocates advise clients during every step of probate

Probate can refer to the court process of validating a will so an executor can implement the decedent’s wishes or to the oversight the court provides for an estate administrator who settles an intestate estate — one in which the decedent left no will.

Most executors are not familiar with the relevant laws, and some are even surprised to learn the decedent’s will named them as the responsible party. To complete the process of settling an estate, our lawyers may help executors with the following tasks:

  • Getting court approval as estate administrator and posting bond
  • Filing the will with the appropriate probate court
  • Locating beneficiaries
  • Finding and assembling assets
  • Transferring assets from the deceased to the estate
  • Hiring valuation, genealogy or other experts, when appropriate
  • Paying creditors and claimants
  • Collecting amounts owed to the estate
  • Paying current and delinquent taxes as well as estate taxes
  • Distributing property to beneficiaries

Estate representatives can easily make mistakes due to inexperience, stress and hasty decisions. The lawyers at Ouellette, Deganis, Gallagher & Grippe LLC provide clients with reliable, detailed guidance.

Even in seemingly straightforward probate and estate administration matters, disputes among beneficiaries or between beneficiaries and the executor can arise. When these conflicts surface, you can count on our sound counsel and professionalism in negotiations or in court.

Knowledgeable attorneys help clients become executors and administrators

Distributing a decedent’s property cannot take place without an executor or administrator managing and overseeing the process. When a person does not leave behind a will or establish another means of wealth transfer, the most willing and capable relative usually seeks court approval to act as the personal representative of the estate. We can help qualified individuals obtain the status of estate executor or administrator. At Ouellette, Deganis, Gallagher & Grippe LLC, our goal is for you to settle your loved one’s estate as efficiently, quickly and easily as possible.

Contact a reliable Connecticut probate and estate administration law firm

Probate and estate administration issues can feel overwhelming for people unfamiliar with this area of law. Our attorneys can help to ease the burden. To schedule a consultation with Ouellette, Deganis, Gallagher & Grippe LLC, call our Cheshire office at 203-272-1157 or contact us online.

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    When unfortunate life circumstances warrant the need for a personal injury attorney, three 'c' attributes are needed - compassion, competence and communication. Karen was all three. She traveled to the rehab facility to gather facts, was genuine and...

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    Attorney Grippe is an excellent advocate on behalf of his clients whose legal knowledge and litigation experience sets him apart from his peers

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    Top-notch lawyer

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    This attorney has appeared before me a number of times over the years. He has always been thoroughly prepared, and knew every aspect of his case. I view him as an attorney of great intergrity. He has always conducted himself in accord with the hig...

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    I have known and dealt with Mr. Deganis for over 15 years and he has always been an extremely skilled trial attorney with impeccable ethics.

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