Louisville Estate Administration Lawyer

If you have recently lost a loved one, you are likely grieving your loss and beginning the healing process. It can be overwhelming to simultaneously tackle the legal processes that accompany an individual's death.

At Carrie D. Ritsert, Attorney At Law, our Louisville-based estate administration attorney provides caring and personal guidance for those facing the loss of a loved one. We can shoulder your burdens and simplify the process so you can focus on recovering from your loss.

If you live outside of Kentucky, our lawyer can assist in completing the Kentucky probate/estate administration process — often via phone, mail and email — avoiding the need for significant travel. Call toll-free 800-785-7641 to get assistance.

What Is Probate And Estate Administration?

Probate and estate administration are important legal processes for transferring the property of your loved one in accordance with his or her wishes. Probate refers to the court process of validating a will and accomplishing asset distribution. Estate administration involves transferring or managing certain assets — such as trusts and life insurance — outside of court.

Which process is necessary will depend on what type of estate plan your loved one had, if any. Many people believe that simply having a will can avoid the probate process. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Probate is required to distribute assets according to the will and resolve any disputes over its validity.

Why Do I Need A Probate Attorney?

Navigating probate or estate administration on your own can be complicated. Probate in particular is a lengthy and complex process that requires filing extensive documentation and attending court hearings. Likewise, estate administration can be overwhelming without competent legal counsel.

Hiring a lawyer is particularly important when disputes or will contests arise. Our attorney provides attentive representation in probate, estate administration or probate litigation to help ease your worries and smooth out the process.

How Do I Handle Probate Matters If I Live Outside Of Kentucky?

Today's mobile society results in family members and friends living thousands of miles away. Often, an executor of a Kentucky estate lives in another state and cannot be present for the probate court process. Attorney Carrie Ritsert can help out-of-state clients handle most of the estate matters for the Executor or Administrator. This often means you do not need to return to Kentucky. We have many estate clients that we have never met in person.

Conversely, a decedent who lived in another state may have owned real estate or other property in Kentucky at the time of his or her death. While the main Probate process will be in the state where the decedent lived at the time of death, an ancillary Probate proceeding must be held in Kentucky to disburse the assets held here.

Get Individualized Legal Counsel

For a free initial consultation, email or call 502-694-5397 to speak with attorney Carrie Ritsert. We offer affordable fees and payment plans. If necessary, evening, weekend and off-site appointments can be arranged.