SC Probate Administration Attorneys in Myrtle Beach
Your SC probate lawyer at Axelrod and Associates will help you to navigate the often-complex and frustrating probate process including probate of your loved one’s estate and any related litigation.
Some of the issues that may arise during probate include:
- Meeting probate court deadlines;
- Working with your accountant to ensure that estate tax and final income tax forms are prepared and filed prior to the deadlines;
- Litigating disagreements about the validity of a will or the contents of a will;
- Resolving disputes where the personal representative, trustees, or beneficiaries are accused of wrongdoing;
- Defending against creditor claims;
- Collecting any debts owed to the estate; and
- Filing any necessary lawsuits on behalf of the estate for personal injury or business-related claims.
Your estate planning and probate attorney at Axelrod and Associates is available to assist with all your probate and estate needs in SC from start to finish including effective estate planning designed to protect your assets and avoid litigation, probate administration, and probate litigation when unanticipated issues arise.
Effective Estate Planning Avoids Probate Litigation
One purpose of estate planning is to protect your assets by avoiding any potential litigation during the administration of the estate.
The best planning sometimes cannot prevent lawsuits and disputes during probate, however. Your SC probate attorney at Axelrod and Associates is prepared to file suit, defend, or negotiate a wide range of unanticipated issues that may arise.
Probate Litigation Attorneys in SC
The best estate plan in the world cannot guarantee that there will be no disputes or lawsuits although a well-crafted estate plan can greatly reduce the risks of litigation or increase the odds of ending litigation successfully and early.
One common issue that arises during probate administration is when a family member or other individual contests the contents of a will. It could be they are dissatisfied with the distribution, the deceased may have deliberately cut them out of a will, or the will may have been poorly drafted leaving ambiguities as to what the beneficiaries were intended to receive.
Competency issues at the time that the will was executed may prompt beneficiaries or others to attempt to force a return to an earlier version of a will or even to void the will and force a distribution per SC law as if there was no will.
Other common types of litigation that may be required during probate administration include:
- Contested trusts;
- Fraudulent transfers;
- Abuse of powers of attorney;
- Abuse of guardianships;
- Lawsuits to recover assets; and
- Defending against lawsuits and claims filed against the estate.
Although probate often can be a smooth process for simple wills, you should expect the unexpected when significant assets are at stake. Your SC probate litigation attorney at Axelrod and Associates is prepared to sue, defend, or negotiate any unanticipated issues that arise during your probate proceedings.
Whether you need to craft a comprehensive estate plan or a simple will, probate an estate, or litigate disputes related to probate, Axelrod and Associates can help. Call today at 843-353-3449 or complete our contact form to set up an initial consultation.