The difference between Probate administration and litigation is simple. Administration is when everything goes right. We marshall the decedent's assets, we give them to the beneficiaries that is suppose to receive them.
00:14 Litigation is when something or everything goes wrong. Assets are going where they shouldn't go or not going to where they should go. That's what litigation is about. It is important that you have a Probate Attorney. Probate has it's own special set of rules. So, if you are an attorney that does not generally practice in probate, you won't know those rules and you can make mistakes that are catastrophic to an estate.
00:34 That's the reason that I limit my practice to Probate, Guardianship and Personal Injury, an advantage I have over most transactional attorneys. Probate administration is mostly a transactional practice is that I have actually been to trial.
00:48 Most probate attorneys don't have that experience. They've done the administration, but not the litigation and I have done the litigation, I have gotten the verdicts.
00:56 One of the things that I try to remember is when I meet a new client is that this is an extremely traumatic time in their life. It's not just about the legal. It's about who they are as a person and how I can help them get through this time.