Estate & Trust Administration

Pabian & Russell’s highly experienced estate planning group is here to help with the difficult process of settling an estate after the death of a loved one. Our skilled attorneys have significant estate administration and settlement experience, including:

  • Appointment of a Personal Representative
  • Access to estate assets
  • Estate and gift tax returns
  • Post-mortem tax planning
  • Payment of expenses
  • Management of properties and businesses
  • Administration of trusts
  • Accounting
  • Closing estates
  • Distribution of assets

Our experienced trust administration attorneys are also here to help you properly administer a trust and make appropriate disbursements. Pabian & Russell’s attorneys have helped hundreds of families through difficult estate and trust administration issues. Let our experienced attorneys help you address and resolve estate administration issues as quickly and efficiently as possible. 

Estate & Gift Tax Return Preparation

Estate taxes are applicable at the transfer of one's assets at the time of death. Gift taxes are applicable if one gives away any part of his/her assets in any form throughout their lifetime. Estate and gift tax laws are complex and continually changing, and careful preparation of estate and gift tax returns by experienced estate planning attorneys is crucial for all families, regardless of the size of the estate.

Probate Litigation

The probate litigation team at Pabian & Russell is known for its ability to handle a wide range of complex and complicated cases. Our probate litigation team can handle all non-divorce matters in the probate court. This includes guardianships, conservatorships, all probate contests, fiduciary disputes, and most cases involving issues with diminished capacity. The litigation team also consists of attorneys who are experts in both elder law and high-net-worth estate planning, making us able to look at each case from many different perspectives. We have a strong support staff of paralegals and case managers to ensure cases are handled efficiently and smoothly. We work collaboratively with our clients and other professionals to ensure the approach to each and every case is thoughtful and strategic. Each matter is approached holistically to provide solutions to various problems and work to anticipate and prevent future conflicts from arising.

The attorneys in the probate litigation department are viewed as leaders in the field and are frequently called upon to speak at events and contribute articles to the ever-changing landscape of probate litigation. We are attuned to the sensitive and emotional nature of these types of cases and work to accomplish legal victory while understanding the family dynamics that will survive the term of the case.

Trust Administration

Successor trustees face important legal responsibilities and fiduciary duties after the death or incapacitation of a primary trustee. Pabian & Russell's experienced trust administration attorneys are here to help you properly administer a trust, manage its investments, and make appropriate disbursements. Pabian & Russell's attorneys have helped hundreds of families through difficult estate and trust administration issues. Let our experienced attorneys help you address and resolve estate administration issues as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Will & Trust Contents

We represent both sides of will and trust contests concerning undue influence, incapacity, and duress. We handle all matters of controversy with regard to the appointment of a fiduciary and administration of a Will or Trust, including issues related to distribution of assets and accounting disputes.