DC Probate Law

DC Probate Administration


District of Columbia Probate Administration

At Antonoplos & Associates, we are dedicated to helping our clients navigate the complexities of the DC Probate Administration. We recognize that the passing of a loved one is a difficult time for the decedent’s family, and want to make the process as simple as possible. Although DC probate administration takes at least six months to complete because of statutory requirements, delays caused by an inexperienced lawyer may add years to the process. Only an experienced attorney can cut out costly delays and errors that could lead to unnecessarily prolonging the probate period.

How We Can Assist You With DC Probate:

  • Preparation of District of Columbia Probate Petitions and Supporting Documents
  • Preparation of District of Columbia Petitions for Appointment of Personal Representative
  • Preparation of Estate Tax Returns
  • Preparation of Estate and Trust Income Tax Returns
  • Negotiation of Disputes Among Beneficiaries
  • Negotiation of Disputes Between Fiduciaries and Beneficiaries
  • Representation of the Estate if Tax Returns are Audited

What You Need To Know

DC Probate involves the court-supervised process that allows for the distribution of your assets upon death. While some of your assets may automatically be transferred to another party outside of the probate process, the remainder will need to be retitled and distributed to your heirs. The remaining assets may either be distributed according to the terms of the decedent’s will or to the intestate laws of the State the decedent was domiciled in when they passed. Furthermore, the process ensures that all of your legitimate debts, bills, taxes, and outstanding notes are paid.

When a will is filed for probate, the DC probate court appoints a personal representative, also known as an executor, to oversee the case. The personal representative is often designed in the decedent’s will. The main role of the personal representative is to carry out the terms of the will. The personal representative also handles other administrative tasks. For example, they sign legal documents, write checks from the estate, and oversee the remaining business affairs. This process can take years, and often becomes a nightmare for many families. Our website aims to give clients a general idea of the complexities of Probate in the D.C. Metro area. For more information about Maryland Probate Law Click Here. For more information about Virginia Probate Law Click Here.

Peter D. Antonoplos, Esq. is the managing partner at Antonoplos & Associates, Attorneys at Law. Mr. Antonoplos’ practice focuses on estate planning and real estate matters. Mr. Antonoplos is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, New York, and Maryland. Mr. Antonoplos routinely lectures on real estate and probate law issues in Washington, DC and New York. Mr. Antonoplos lives in Northwest Washington, D.C. He is an avid chess player and motorcycle enthusiast. He may be reached at 202-803-5676 or Peter@AntonLegal.com.