Estate administration — also known as probate — is the process of settling the legal and financial affairs of someone who has died. Although some smaller estates can be administered without the assistance of an attorney, more complex cases require a lawyer’s involvement.

When you’re dealing with probate, it’s important to remember that it is a complex and time-consuming process. You’ll have to petition the probate court to get started, satisfy the court’s requirements, and even then, there is still a long road ahead. It can be difficult to pull together all the assets and property of an estate, to value the assets, and to settle the estate’s debts.