Lake County Estate Administration Lawyer
The loss of a loved one is perhaps the most emotionally painful thing any of us will face. The thought of dealing with the legalities of probate can be overwhelming. If you have been named as the executor or administrator of a loved one’s estate in Indiana, the advice and guidance of an experienced Lake County probate attorney can make this process much more bearable for you and your family.
My name is Julie R. Glade, and I am a Lake County probate lawyer serving clients in Porter County, Lake County, Crown Point, Schererville, St. John, Valparaiso and throughout Northwest Indiana. In addition to being a lawyer, I am a registered nurse who has seen firsthand how the passing of a loved one affects families. The goal at my firm is to help people get through the probate administration process efficiently, wrap up an estate the right way and help you and your family adjust to life without your loved one.
Experienced Lawyer Handling Probate and Estate Administration in Indiana
Much of the probate process involves locating all the assets of the deceased person and then distributing them according to the terms of the wills, trusts, other estate planning documents or state law if there was no estate plan. There are many other important steps that must be completed as well. Using our nearly 20 years of combined experience, my probate legal team helps our clients resolve all of the issues that could arise during probate or estate administration, such as:
- Filing the estate’s final federal and state tax returns
- Opening a checking account to pay the estate’s debts
- Obtaining the balances from retirement accounts and other accounts existing on the date of death
- Sending copies of the will to beneficiaries
- Getting appraisals of any real estate and personal property that must be sold
- Processing life and health insurance claims, including Medicare/Medicaid reimbursements
What If There Is a Dispute?
Even among the closest-knit families, disputes sometimes arise about inheritance. We can represent people seeking to challenge the terms of a will or trust, as well as executors and trustees who are facing such a legal issue. This type of dispute is called probate litigation, and it can become very tense and challenging. My probate legal team prides itself on its ability to resolve these controversial cases as favorably and expediently as possible, so our clients can move forward.
Contact a Lake County Probate Attorney Today
If you have questions about the Indiana probate process or are involved in a probate court dispute, I encourage you to schedule an appointment with me to talk about options for your case. Please call my law firm, located in Lake County, at (219) 736-0456. You can also contact my Merrillville law offices online– just complete the form on this website. Don’t waste any time–contact our firm today to discuss your legal matters.