Virginia Beach Probate Lawyer

Probate is the official proving and recording of the will as the authentic and valid last will and testament of the deceased.  This is done in the Probate Division of the Circuit Court in the city or county in which the decedent lived at the time of death.

Assets that are not otherwise disposed of (such as trust assets, retirement accounts, transfer on death, or payable on death assets) are administered by an Executor or Administrator of an Estate. An Executor is a person appointed under a Will to administer an estate.  An Administrator is someone selected by statute or the court. Generally, their duties are the same, regardless of the title. A Virginia Beach probate lawyer can help a family, administrator, or executor get through this process. Proper estate planning can help this process happen smoothly.

Executor or Administrator Services

  • “Marshalling” (gathering or collecting) property of the deceased person
  • Investing or otherwise safeguarding the property
  • Prepare and File the Inventory of the Deceased’s assets
  • Collect any income and pay debts and expenses of the Estate
  • Make important decisions regarding taxes and distributions, including making tax elections and timing distributions properly
  • Prepare and file all required tax returns, including the decedent’s last tax return, the Estate’s income tax return, and potentially an Estate Tax Return if the estate is taxable or the Executor or Administrator wants to elect “Portability” of the Deceased’s Estate Tax Exemption, or other tax reasons
  • Payment of all Taxes and/or provision of K-1s to beneficiaries
  • Distribution of the Remaining Assets to those entitled to them
  • Drafting and obtaining refunding bonds, receipts, and releases
  • Prepare and File one or more Accountings with the Commissioner of Accounts
  • Performing all other duties necessary to settle an estate

Do Not Delay in the Estate Planning Process

The estate planning and probate process can be complex and dependent upon the proper procedure to ensure that everything is settled per the wishes of the deceased. Often times there are important questions unanswered or consequential points of interest that are unaccounted for. When these circumstances arise, they can devolve into a stressful situation that could have otherwise been avoided. We strongly recommend that people not delay in beginning this important process with a probate lawyer in Virginia Beach.

Begin Making The Proper Arrangements For You and Your Family With a Virginia Beach Probate Attorney

Contact us a Virginia Beach probate lawyer to start navigating this process.

Areas We Serve

With an office near Town Center, Virginia Beach and a second location beside the Chesapeake courthouse, our team provides quality legal representation across the entire Hampton Roads Area.

  • Virginia Beach
  • Hampton
  • Chesapeake
  • Newport News
  • Norfolk
  • Yorktown
  • Portsmouth
  • Accomack County
  • Suffolk
  • Northampton County

Parks Zeigler, PLLC – Attorneys At Law

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4768 Euclid Road,
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Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462
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Chesapeake, Virginia 23322
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Elizabeth City, NC 27909
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