ESTATE & TRUST ADMINISTRATION

After the death of a loved one, you may be responsible for the administration of an estate.  If you were named the personal representative or executor, it is important to have a clear understanding of your rights as well as your personal obligations in managing an estate.  At Rohde Law Group, LLC, our firm is committed to helping individuals and families manage the details of estate administration while protecting their personal interests and preventing liability. 

Our firm represents executors, personal representatives and administrators assigned to settle the estate of a family member or loved one.  We also represent beneficiaries and other parties involved in complex administrations.  When matters become contentious, our depth of experience and knowledge of both probate and tax laws enables us to assist in settling the matter in a way that benefits our clients rather than incurring the time and expense of protracted litigation.

State Wide as well as Northern New Jersey Estate Administration Lawyer

Our legal team regularly assists with estate administrations throughout the state of New Jersey.  We will take a simple and informed approach in handling your case.  We begin our representation with a consultation wherein we review with you each and every step of the administration process.  Once you understand the process and we understand your objectives, we are happy to assist you through the administration of the estate. This initial consultation gives you the ability to better understand what needs to be done and save time and expense by taking on some of the responsibilities yourself.  Our assistance may include the following:

  • Probate of the Will or application for Letters of Administration
  • Securing an administration Bond
  • Obtaining a tax ID number
  • Inventory of assets, debts and liabilities
  • Negotiation with creditors
  • Distribution and marshalling of assets
  • Preparation of Federal and NJ estate Tax Returns
  • Preparation of NJ Inheritance Tax Returns
  • Preparation of Estate Accountings
  • Settling Estate Disputes
  • Defending an executor in an action for removal
  • Representing beneficiaries in applications to remove executor
  • Will Contests and probate litigation

 Our vast experience specializing in this area has given us the ability the develop processes which allow us to be extremely efficient in completing the estate administrations, thus saving the beneficiaries of the estate more of the funds they are to receive. 

Will Contests, Disputes and Litigation

We can defend the will and estate against questionable claims, or we can represent beneficiaries or excluded heirs who oppose the will on the basis of undue influence, fraud, misappropriated assets, or testamentary incapacity.  When these disputes cannot be resolved out of court, we are prepared to go to trial to invalidate or uphold the will.