Connecticut Probate Administration Lawyer
When a person passes away, his or her estate must be legally settled. Assets must be tabulated, debts against the estate paid, and property transferred. Ruggiero, Ziogas, & Allaire represents clients faced with probate, helping them determine the financial situation of the estate in question, filing the appropriate papers, and defending the estate against a will contest.
If a trust has been established for estate tax or Medicaid planning, our probate administration lawyers will expedite the transfer of any remaining assets to the beneficiaries. We’ll prepare the inheritance tax return, and in most cases there will be no estate tax due.
We can help you avoid the headache and aggravation associated with probate of an estate. Contact a probate attorney at Ruggiero Ziogas & Allaire today to learn more about probate and your options. Located in Bristol, we represent clients throughout Connecticut.
Preserving Medicaid Eligibility for a Surviving Spouse Through Asset Transfer
In cases involving elderly couples faced with the need for health care planning, our probate administration attorneys can explore methods for transferring assets through probate proceedings in the event of death. For example, if a sick spouse may soon pass away, we can protect the assets of the healthier one by special wills with testamentary trusts. In cases where the cost of health care is an issue, this can assist in qualifying the surviving spouse for Medicaid benefits immediately.
Contested Wills and Property Transfer
Unfortunately, wills are sometimes contested. Our probate administration attorneys are effective litigators with a comprehensive knowledge of Connecticut probate law, wills, and trusts. If your loved one’s will or trust is contested, we have the knowledge and experience needed to defend the will during probate proceedings. We will call expert witnesses in accounting, geriatrics, or any other field should the competence or financial transactions of the deceased be called into question.
Estate Planning and Probate Made Easy
Most people talk about probate as if it were some nightmare of complicated, drawn-out bureaucratic wrangling. Our probate and estate administration lawyer and staff members work to make probate fast and relatively uncomplicated. We are experienced in helping you obtain records and preparing the probate papers so you don’t have to.
For more information regarding probate and how we can help you, contact an elder law lawyer at Ruggiero, Ziogas, & Allaire today to discuss your probate and estate planning needs.