Lawrenceburg Probate Attorneys

In some states, the probate process is a lengthy, frustrating process that attorneys advise avoiding at all costs. In other states, the probate process is a necessary step in asset distribution. In Indiana, it is essentially a combination of both.

Through proper estate planning, the lawyers at Zerbe Garner Blondell & Weldon, LLP, can advise clients on how best to alleviate the potential disputes than can destroy a family after the death of a loved one. Disagreements over the distribution of assets can lead to serious disputes that might require resolution through the legal process and ultimately damage familial relationships for years to come. If you are considering drafting an estate plan, or if you have recently lost a loved one, do not hesitate to schedule a consultation at any of our convenient locations, including our main office in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

Knowledgeable Lawyers For The Probate Process

Our Lawrenceburg probate lawyers have built a reputation based on attention to detail and thorough preparation. We can explain the probate process, and guide you every step of the way. In Indiana, the process is largely driven based on whether testate or intestate statutes are followed.

  • Testate: The decedent died with a valid will in place. A valid will meets the requirements of Indiana law, including the fact that the will was drafted free of duress, the individual was of sound mind and the will was witnessed. In these situations, the probate process can run smoothly and free of dispute. We can guide you through the process of identifying and alerting heirs, paying the appropriate taxes and paying any creditors.
  • Intestate: The decedent died without a valid will in place. This can mean that there was no last will and testament, or the existing will does not meet Indiana requirements. Additionally, if the will is found to be ambiguous, the intestate statutes can be followed. The rules of intestate succession are then followed. The assets are divided based on surviving family members (spouse, children, parents). If an individual died without having a comprehensive estate plan in place, the probate process can be frustrating and lengthy. A skilled attorney can guide you through this challenging process.

At Zerbe Garner Blondell & Weldon, LLP, we maintain a staff of dedicated professionals — including a paralegal with 30 years of experience — who can answer your complex probate questions. Trust our detailed knowledge of the law and depth of experience to provide the help you need.

Contact The Firm

At Zerbe Garner Blondell & Weldon, LLP, most initial consultations are free. Contact our office to learn more about our services or schedule a meeting. Call us at 812-551-0436 or contact us online.