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J. Russell Ford, Attorney at Law, P.C.
922 Oak Street
Kansas City, MO 64106
Toll Free: 866-234-1534
Telephone: 816-399-5211
Facsimile: 816-842-7676
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Probate Administration

Probate Administration in Kansas City

An Attorney Helping Individuals and Families Since 1977

If you have been named executor, administrator or personal representative of the estate of a friend or family member, you probably need an experienced attorney to help you navigate the probate process and successfully settle the estate. You want a lawyer with the experience and skill to handle any challenges that may be made to the estate and who will help you oversee the orderly distribution of the estate's assets.

At the law office of J. Russell Ford, Attorney at Law, P.C., I have over 40 years of experience representing individuals throughout Jackson County and the surrounding area, including individuals who have been given the task of taking the estate of a loved one through probate. I know that the duties involved in settling an estate can take an emotional toll on everyone involved. I will take the time necessary to sit down with you, listen carefully to your questions and concerns, giving you the knowledge needed to settle the estate in a timely manner. Contact my office or call me at 816-399-5211 to arrange a half-hour consultation.

Helping You Work Through Probate Administration

A majority of my probate administration work centers on uncontested estates under $40,000. I work closely with executors, administrators and personal representatives at all stages of the probate process, from the admission of a will into the probate process to the final distribution of benefits. I will prepare and file all documents required to complete probate and will act on behalf of the estate in all proceedings before the probate court.

Once the will is admitted to probate, I will help you prepare an accounting of the assets of the estate, obtain property valuations when needed, satisfy the final debts and tax obligations of the estate, and oversee the orderly distribution of property under the terms of the will. I can help you with independent administration of an estate (generally done without the intervention of the court) and supervised administration, where the court oversees the actions required to close the estate.

If challenges arise, whether in the form of a will contest, an action for an accounting of assets, or an allegation of fraud or undue influence, I will act as advocate for the interests of the estate.

To schedule a half-hour consultation, contact me or call me at 816-399-5211 . My offices are half a block south of the round Federal Courthouse at 9th and Oak in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. I meet with clients between 8:30am and 5:30pm, Monday through Friday. Weekend and evening appointments are available upon request.