Probate administration refers to the legal process where the court oversees the administration of an estate to ensure that the decedent's debts and taxes are paid, and that the assets of the estate are distributed in accordance with the decedent's will, or if the decedent died without a will, in accordance with South Carolina's laws defining intestate succession. Most probate administration matters proceed smoothly, however, when sizeable assets are at stake it is not uncommon for a contentious dispute to arise.
The experienced probate litigation attorneys at Chellis & Frampton, PA represent clients in all phases of probate litigation, from the pre-trial phase, in mediations, at trial, or on appeal. Our lawyers represent heirs and beneficiaries of estates, administrators, and executors. We also represent individuals and corporations accused of breaching a fiduciary duty, in disputes over the management of a trust or estate, or in challenges to an accounting.
The probate litigation attorneys at Chellis & Frampton also represent clients in connection with:
- Summary Estates
- Claims by an Omitted Spouse
- Claims regarding the Elective Share of a Spouse
- Deeds of Distribution
- Trust Termination
Protection of Persons Under Disability and Their Property
When an incapacitated adult is no longer able to manage their own property or personal affairs, and the person does not have a comprehensive estate plan in place to provide for the management of their estate or address health care and other issues, a court proceeding may be required to establish a conservatorship and/or guardianship. A person may be incapacitated as a result of mental illness, mental deficiency, physical illness or disability, advanced age, chronic use of drugs, chronic intoxication, or other cause. The attorneys at Chellis & Frampton assist clients in establishing conservatorships and guardianships, and represent clients regarding the fiduciary duties of conservators and guardians, accountings, and claims of conservator mismanagement.
Seek Experienced Legal Counsel
Estate litigation matters are complex and require counsel with extensive trust and estate litigation experience. The estate litigation attorneys at Chellis & Frampton, PA have the knowledge and experience to successfully represent your interests. Contact Chellis & Frampton, PA for a consultation.