White Bear Lake Estate Administration and Probate Lawyer

Losing a loved one is a tragic and sad experience, but administering his or her assets should not be difficult.

I am Sheila Kelly, a White Bear Lake estate administration (probate) lawyer. Through my practice at Sheila J. Kelly Law Firm, LLC, I assist clients in the East Metro and throughout the Twin Cities in managing their loved ones' total assets (known as "estates") and in distributing those assets after a love one has died. I also assist clients with a loved one who has become incapacitated by illness or disability become the incapacitate person's Guardian or Conservator so they can help their loved one by managing everyday activities.

Have You Been Named Personal Representative Of An Estate? | Probate Lawyer Serving Ramsey County And The Twin Cities Metro

If you have been named the personal representative for a loved one's estate, I can help you understand the probate process and distribute the person's assets according to their will. If your loved one passed away without leaving a will (dying intestate), I can help you understand the intestate rules and help you navigate the probate court process so that the estate is distributed as directed by law. Further, I can guide you through the process of paying creditors so that the estate can be settled cleanly and completely.

Because death can strain family relationships, I strive to limit family conflicts over wills and other estate documents, as well as in situations where planning documents are lacking. I am a compassionate negotiator who can host a conference with your family members, and I can explain the legal process for probate and how they fit within it. I can also help them reach consensus on important issues.

If you are an estate representative, I can also assist you in selling real estate, resolving estate tax issues and defending against litigation by creditors and others with a stake in the probate process.

Trusts, Guardianships And Conservatorships

I you have been named a guardian or conservator for a loved one, I can ensure that you meet your obligations toward your loved one's personal care and financial well-being. If you are a trustee, I can advise you in trust administration matters, including those for living trusts, special needs trusts and other financial vehicles that protect money for special purposes.

Finally, if your loved one's estate plan includes a healthcare directive dictating end-of-life medical care, I can ensure that it is honored.

Sensitivity To Cost And To Client Needs

Each estate administration is different, so the cost to probate an estate is difficult to estimate. As your attorney, I will explain any potential costs upfront and work efficiently so you do not have to pay more for your legal representation than is necessary.

I am ready to help you. To learn more about your options and responsibilities as an estate representative, contact me online at Sheila J. Kelly Law Firm, LLC, in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, or by calling 612-568-4938. I offer free half-hour consultations to my prospective clients.