St. Paul Probate Lawyers

Located in St. Paul, the attorneys at PFB Law, Professional Association, have been providing trusted and knowledgeable legal counsel and advice to trustees and personal representatives during trust and estate administration for more than 40 years.

Estate Administration: Navigating The Probate Process

Being named as personal representative, or executor, of a loved one's estate is a big responsibility. As personal representative, there are many actions you must take. Many individuals feel overwhelmed by the responsibilities bestowed upon them and by the complexity of the probate process.

At PFB Law, Professional Association, we help clients fulfill their duties as personal representatives and navigate the probate process in the most efficient manner possible. Our attorneys are available to provide as much or as little assistance required during the estate administration process. Our services include:

  • Locating and documenting all of the assets in the estate, including bank accounts, investments, insurance policies, personal property and real estate
  • Notifying and paying creditors
  • Locating heirs and beneficiaries
  • Submitting the estate to probate
  • Funding any trusts created under the estate plan
  • Distributing property to named heirs under the terms of the will or via Minnesota's intestacy laws
  • Assisting with the preparation of the deceased's final income taxes
  • Assisting with the preparation of any required state or federal gift and estate taxes

Our attorneys also represent personal representatives and trustees during will contests, trust disputes and other estate-related litigation.

Trust Administration Attorneys In The Twin Cities

The trust administration process is very similar to probate administration. However, trustees have additional duties they must fulfill, including:

  • Prudently invest trust assets
  • Preserve trust property
  • Prepare an annual accounting for trust beneficiaries
  • Administer the trust, and make distributions, in accordance with the trust document

Every move a trustee makes must be done with the beneficiaries' interests in mind. Trustees must be impartial in their dealings with beneficiaries and avoid favoring certain beneficiaries over others. In addition, trustees must be careful not to engage in any behavior that could be interpreted as self-dealing or act in a manner that is adverse to the interests of the trust's beneficiaries. Failure to live up to these duties can expose you to personal liability.

Contact the St. Paul probate lawyers at PFB Law, Professional Association, for assistance during the estate or trust administration process. Call our office at 651-968-1022 or toll free at 866-561-3419 to schedule a consultation.