Death always brings with it grief and uncertainty for the family and friends left behind. One of the mysteries and sudden sources of stress is often how to deal with the property, bills, and legal affairs of the deceased. Our attorneys can help you to navigate this task. Probate is the legal process by which a will is given effect and creditor claims are dealt with, or if no will was signed, addresses the creditor claims and distributes any remaining property to the heirs at law. Probate is often not as complicated as the rumors on the street suggest, but it does have particular rules and procedures which must be followed. Estate administration includes probate, but also includes working through a trust, dealing with life insurance and retirement accounts, tax compliance, and other matters.