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Ocean County Probate Lawyers

If a person dies with individually named assets, a will has to be “probated” after his or her death. This is part of the estate administration process and involves the responsibilities of the executor of the estate. If your family member died without a will, we will assist you in administrating the estate of your family member or we can help you to apply to become an administrator of the estate.

Helping You Distribute Assets and Property After the Death of a Loved One

The Ocean County probate attorneys of Silvi, Fedele & Honschke have more than 30 years of experience helping people through the difficult period following the death of a loved one. Our goal is to see to it that the wishes expressed by the deceased in the last will and testament are granted.

Call us at 732-504-3841 or toll-free at 888-898-1206 to discuss the probating of your loved one’s estate. We have offices in Toms River, Forked River and Bricktown.

What Is Involved In Administering An Estate?

Administering an estate typically involves liquidating the estate’s assets and determining the value of properties. We have experts we consult for all of these things and can assist the executor of a will with these actions. If there are stock certificates, we can have them transferred in the name of the estate and liquidated for distribution to the heirs. Our paralegals will also create an informal accounting and assist you in paying all of the bills and expenses of the estate from the assets. If your loved one passed on without a will, we can help you determine who the legal beneficiaries are.

We will help you gather the assets and properties of the estate and in appraising their value for tax purposes. We have accountants we work with regularly to file all of the necessary tax forms for the deceased’s final taxes, New Jersey estate tax and inheritance tax where required. We will help you locate the heirs of the deceased and to distribute the property and assets among all of you.

Probate Litigation

There are times when people disagree over the distribution of an estate, or the validity of a will is called into question. These situations can result in probate litigation, where heir and beneficiaries go to court to have a judge decide the issues. We represent clients in probate and estate litigation stemming from:

  • Contested wills
  • Undue influence
  • Mental capacity of the testator
  • Objection to the executor

Contact Our Monmouth County Estate Administration Lawyers

Call Silvi, Fedele & Honschke at 888-898-1206 or send us an email to schedule an initial consultation regarding your estate or the estate of a recently deceased family member. We have three offices in Ocean County for your convenience.