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What does a Personal Representative do During a District of Columbia Probate Administration?

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

The personal representative, also called the executor, is someone who has been appointed to administer the estate of someone who has passed away. They are required to settle all debts and distribute the estate’s assets in the most efficient manner possible. Their main duty is to protect the estate and honor the decedent’s wishes…. Read More »

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What is an Executor’s Role in a Washington DC Probate?

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

When someone passes away in the District of Columbia, their estate has to be “opened” with the Probate Division of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. The original will must be filed, along with a petition for probate by the person nominated to be the executor in the will. The executor, or… Read More »

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Contesting a Will in Washington DC

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

The purpose of a will is to spell out how a deceased person wants their property and other assets to be distributed. A valid will is legally binding, and is one that is properly executed, the decedent was in his or her right mind, and there was no undue outside influence. Therefore, it is… Read More »

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Why Use a Living Trust over a Will?

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

When you’re figuring out estate planning, many people automatically default to thinking about having a will prepared. However, have you thought about a living trust? Do you know the differences and why a living trust may be a better alternative to a standard will? Without either, your estate would likely pass to your spouse… Read More »

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Overview of Small Estate Probate in Washington DC

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

For individuals who died after April 26, 2001, and whose assets didn’t exceed $40,000, a small estate probate proceeding is an alternative to standard probate. Opening a small estate proceeding allows the court to appoint a personal estate representative to settle claims and make a distribution of assets. These types of proceedings are typically… Read More »

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