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Legal representation for estate administration

When an individual is named the administrator of a deceased person's estate in British Columbia, the job may overwhelm them. Oftentimes, the administrator of the estate was a close friend or relative of the deceased person, and they are going through a grieving process. If the administrator has little experience dealing with financial matters, this can make the job even more difficult.

If you have been named the administrator of an estate, our lawyers at Garton & Harris may be able to help you. With over 30 years of experience, we are prepared to assist you in the completion of all of your administrative duties as quickly and efficiently as possible. In addition to the convenience aspect, working with an estate administration lawyer has the added benefit of ensuring that you are protected from any allegations of unethical handling of the estate.

When a person dies without a will, a court must approve an estate administrator. If the person dies with a will, the executor who was named in the will files for probate. After the first steps are completed, the administrator or executor is responsible for a number of different duties including the proper distribution of assets, payment of any debts and arranging the deceased person's funeral.

During estate administration, several things can happen that may complicate the job. If assets are difficult to locate or contacting heirs proves challenging, an administrator may not know how to proceed. At Garton & Harris, we can help you to take care of all of your administrative duties correctly. To learn more about this subject, visit our page on probate and estate administration services.

Source: Garton & Harris, "Probate Lawyers", November 20, 2014

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