Probate Process: How Bonardi & Uzdavinis Simplifies Estate Administration and Mediation

Probate Process

Probate is a legal process that comes into play after someone passes away, focusing on the administration of the deceased’s estate. It encompasses a broad spectrum of activities, from verifying the deceased’s will to distributing their assets according to the will or state laws if no will exists. At Bonardi & Uzdavinis, we offer a wide range of services designed to address the various complexities associated with probate, ensuring that your loved one’s wishes are honored accurately and respectfully.


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Estate Administration: A Closer Look

Estate administration is the backbone of probate, involving the collection, management, and distribution of the decedent’s estate. Our firm handles all aspects of this process, including:

  • Formal Administration: This is a comprehensive process used when the estate has significant assets or complexities. It requires filing a detailed inventory of the estate, paying off debts, and distributing the remaining assets. This process can be lengthy but ensures a thorough handling of the estate.
  • Summary Administration: This streamlined process is applicable for smaller estates when the decedent has been deceased for more than two years or the assets are less than $75,000.00.  It is faster and less complicated, requiring less court involvement.
  • Ancillary Proceedings: These are necessary when the deceased owned property in a state other than their primary residence. It involves a secondary probate process in the relevant state to manage and distribute that property.
  • Asset Distribution: We ensure that the estate’s assets are distributed according to the decedent’s wishes as outlined in their will, or according to state law if no will exists. This process involves valuing assets, addressing any claims against the estate, and transferring ownership to the rightful heirs or beneficiaries.
  • Probate Mediation: In cases where disputes arise, probate mediation offers a path to resolution without the need for contentious litigation. This process involves a neutral third party helping the disputing parties reach a mutually agreeable solution.

With our extensive experience in probate administration, Bonardi & Uzdavinis is equipped to handle a wide variety of cases, ensuring that your loved one’s wishes are carried out properly.

Navigating the Waters of Probate Litigation

Probate litigation encompasses a wide range of contested matters that can arise during the probate process. These might include:

  • Will Contests: Challenges to the validity of a will based on claims of undue influence, lack of testamentary capacity, fraud, or improper execution.
  • Trust Litigation: Disputes over the administration or terms of a trust, including challenges to the trustee’s actions or the terms of the trust itself.
  • Power of Attorney Litigation: Cases involving allegations of misuse, fraud, or self-dealing by someone holding a power of attorney.
  • Fiduciary Litigation: Challenges to the actions or decisions of a fiduciary, such as an executor or trustee, including accusations of breach of fiduciary duty or improper accounting.

Our team is adept at handling these and other probate-related disputes, employing a strategic approach to protect our clients’ interests and achieve a favorable resolution.

Bonardi & Uzdavinis: Compassionate Partners in Probate and Litigation

The loss of a loved one is a challenging time, and the probate process can add an additional layer of stress. Bonardi & Uzdavinis stands out as a compassionate partner in navigating these complex legal waters. Our commitment to providing personalized, sensitive legal counsel has helped countless families through the probate process.

Why Choose Us?

Our team’s approach is what sets us apart. We combine legal excellence with a deep understanding of the emotional and personal challenges that come with probate matters. Our clients benefit from:

Compassionate Expertise: Our attorneys are not only skilled in probate law but also understand the importance of sensitivity and compassion during this difficult time.

Personalized Support: We provide tailored legal strategies and emotional support, ensuring our clients feel heard and respected throughout the process.

Comprehensive Solutions: Whether it’s estate administration, litigation, or mediation, we offer a full range of services to address every aspect of probate law.

Proven Track Record: With years of experience and a history of success, our team has the knowledge and expertise to navigate the most complex probate cases.

Taking the Next Step

If you are facing probate or litigation matters, don’t navigate this complex and emotionally charged process alone. Contact Bonardi & Uzdavinis today to schedule a free consultation. We’ll discuss your situation, outline how we can help, and start you on the path toward resolution and peace of mind. Let us be your guide and advocate during this challenging time, ensuring your loved one’s legacy is honored and their wishes are fulfilled with care and precision.

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