Knowledgeable Scottsdale Estates Attorneys Draft and Probate Wills
Arizona lawyers advise and represent testators and personal representatives
Santerre & Vande Krol, Ltd. provides a full range of services for wills: drafting, review, amendment, revocation, execution and probate. We provide reliable guidance for testators and personal representatives. Our experience in the probate court enables us to provide practical advice for testators from all walks of life. Similarly, our work in the formation of wills gives us keen insight into how personal representatives should interpret various aspects of a will that may initially seem unclear. Whether you are a testator formulating an estate plan or a personal representative implementing a decedent’s wishes, Santerre & Vande Krol, Ltd. can simplify many complex aspects of the tasks before you. We offer pertinent and personal legal advice to obtain the results you need in a timely manner with the least stress possible.
Executing a valid and effective will
Executing a valid will is rather simple; executing an effective will takes a bit more work. The probate approves a will if it finds the document was executed intentionally and freely by a person of sound mind, is written in clear, unambiguous language and is signed and witnessed. That’s really the easy part. To be effective, your will must be comprehensive, covering the full range of your worldly possessions and your deepest concerns, and contemplating various contingencies. We work closely with you to memorialize your intentions completely and instructing that they be carried out in the most efficient manner possible.
Once executed, your will remains your final statement of your intentions until you amend or revoke it. We recommend reviewing your will every three to five years and updating it to reflect your current wishes.
Probate attorneys guide executors through every step of the process
Most personal representatives have never probated a will; many are surprised to learn the decedent’s will named them as the responsible party. We provide indispensable service for personal representatives who have no prior experience in the probate court on matters that include:
- Filing the will with the probate court
- Developing the best strategy for fairly and expeditiously settling the estate
- Finding and assembling assets
- Pay creditors and claimants
- Collecting amounts owed the estate
- Closing and opening bank accounts
- Transferring assets from the deceased to the estate
- Paying current and delinquent taxes as well as estate taxes
- Valuing, managing, preserving and liquidating the estate
- Locating beneficiaries
- Hiring experts, when appropriate
Personal representatives can easily make mistakes due to inexperience, stress and hasty decisions. This can be costly, as personal representatives can be held personally liable for beneficiaries’ losses. We guide personal representatives through every step of the probate process, with reliable, detailed advice, so you can settle the testator’s estate as efficiently, quickly and easily as possible.