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There are numerous legal issues and questions that arise when someone passes away. Often, people are unsure if they have to administer the estate of the deceased person and if they do, they are unsure as to how the process works. Probate administration is the process of administering an estate when the decedent had a Last Will and Testament whereas intestate estate administration is the process of administering an estate when the decedent did not have a Last Will and Testament. The attorneys at Landry & Azevedo have represented and advised clients in the administration of numerous estates. The first part of the process is to sit down with our clients and make a determination as to whether administration of the estate is even necessary. If estate administration is necessary, there are numerous factors involved in the probate/estate administration process that have an effect on the cost, duration and complexity of the process. Those factors may include the amount of time that has accrued since the decedent passed away, the number of beneficiaries/heirs of the estate, the type of property the decedent owned, creditors’ claims against the estate, the process of establishing a lost or misplaced Last Will and Testament and/or potential disputes between the interested parties to the estate. Landry & Azevedo also represents clients involved in disputes with the other beneficiaries/heirs or when an issue arises with the personal representative’s handling of the estate and we can represent creditors who may have a claim against an estate.