The process of probate

Probate follows what is typically a painful emotional loss. The knowledgeable, meticulous probate attorneys at the Law Offices of Smith Slusky have decades of experience in probate law and know how to ease the stress of probate by guiding executors and beneficiaries. Most executors have rarely if ever probated a will and know little about the process. The Law Offices of Smith Slusky can assist you throughout the complex probate process, including:


  • Filing the will with the Nebraska probate court

  • Developing the best strategy for fairly and expeditiously probating the estate

  • Finding and collecting assets

  • Closing and opening bank accounts

  • Transferring assets from the deceased to the estate

  • Paying estate taxes

  • Valuing, managing, preserving and liquidating the estate

  • Locating beneficiaries

  • Hiring experts, when appropriate


Valuing and managing the estate

The Law Offices of Smith Slusky assists executors with the arduous process of collecting, managing, valuing, protecting and liquidating the assets of the estate. The firm has a team of experts available to assist in every aspect of estate probate. When appropriate, they call upon accountants, financial advisors, real estate agents, property managers and other professionals to assist with executor duties. Your attorneys can access expert opinions about unique assets such as antiques, rare books, automobiles and other collectables for accurate valuation, management and possible sale.


Probate disputes

Even in apparently straightforward estate cases, there are sometimes disputes between beneficiaries. Skilled attorneys’ professional courtroom presence can calm the emotionally-charged process of probating a challenged will or disputed executor or judicial decision. When it is in the best interests of the client to preserve cordial familial relationships, they are adept at mediating these disputes. When necessary, they assertively defend the client’s beneficiary rights within the Nebraska probate court.