DC Probate Law

Two Decades of Probate Law Experience

At Antonoplos & Associates, we are committed to helping our clients navigate the District of Columbia Probate Administration and District of Columbia Probate Litigation. District of Columbia Probate law can be confusing. For many, the passing of a loved one is the first time they will experience DC probate law. Often people don’t know anything about the DC probate court and need guidance to navigate probating a loved one's probate estate. What makes matters worse is that many people don't know who to turn to for guidance regarding DC probate law, this can often lead to family members fighting, the probate process stalling and expensive legal conflict. Should a conflict arise between the parties our team of experienced probate attorneys is ready to provide the trusted counsel our clients need. When it's time to litigate a probate estate, our experienced team of probate estates lawyers are here to represent your interests and make sure that the probate estate is handled properly and distributed according to the law.

Trusted, Compassionate, Effective Probate Lawyers

At Antonoplos & Associates, we are dedicated to helping our clients understand the complex issues involving probating an estate in the District of Columbia. Our probate lawyers are well versed in DC probate law. Our probate lawyers recognize that the passing of a loved one is a difficult time for the decedent's family, and want to make the probate process as simple as possible. Although probate takes at least six months to complete because of statutory requirements, delays caused by an inexperienced lawyer may add years to the process. When it is time to probate a loved one's estate trust the experts.

Only an experienced probate attorney can cut out costly delays and errors that could lead to unnecessarily prolonging the probate period. Let our team of probate attorneys guide you through DC Probate law.

DC Probate Administration:

  • Probate Petitions and Supporting Documents
  • Petitions for Appointment of Personal Representative
  • Preparation of First & Final Accounting
  • Notices to Creditor
  • First and Final Accounting
  • Preparation of Estate Tax Returns

DC Probate Litigation:

  • Petitions to Have Wills Admitted to DC Probate
  • Suits to Establish Beneficial Interest In an Estate
  • Litigation Involving Forged Wills (Caveat Actions)
  • Litigation of Disputes Among Beneficiaries
  • Suits to Remove Personal Representatives and Other Estate Fiduciaries
  • Litigation of Disputes Between Beneficiaries & Estate Fiduciaries
  • Litigation of Intestate DC Estates
  • Partition Actions For DC Real Estate
  • Suits for Accounting & Auditor Master Review

Common DC Probate Administration Questions

I’ve been appointed Personal Representative of a probate estate. Can you help?

Yes. Serving as a Personal Representative can be a very stressful and time-­consuming task, and we routinely assist clients through the probate process. There are a number of deadlines to meet, documents that must be filed, and decisions to be made. Errors, mistakes and oversights can delay the probate process and complicated final disposition of a probate estate. Worse still they can lead to unnecessary litigation. We recommend that you contact us when you’re called upon to fulfill this role.

What to do if my loved one passed away without a last will in Washington DC?

If a District of Columbia resident passes away without a valid last will and testament, the District of Columbia Probate Court will apply D.C. Laws of Intestacy to determine how the estate should be distributed and who should be appointed the personal representative of the estate. We recommend that you contact us if you think your loved one has an intestate estate.

What to do if we can’t find the last will?

Sometimes a loved one forgets to tell their loved ones or their personal representative where to find their last will and testament, l in the event of their death. This can leave family, heirs and beneficiaries in a tough position. The District of Columbia, has specific provisions to govern what to do if you can’t locate the decedent's last will and testament. The outcome may depend on whether on not you are able to locate a copy of the will. We recommend that you contact us if you are in this position.

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