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TELEPHONE CONSULTATION
636-861-1111
West County Family Law
Ballwin, Mo. Office

Experienced Service and Legal Counsel

Our goal at West County Family Law is to provide the highest quality of experience, service and legal counsel. With more than 65 years of
experience, attorneys
Case & Rajnoha are capable of handling many types of legal matters. Founded in 1975, West County Family Law's
trademark has been prompt, personal attention. Our success has been our dedication to our clients and protecting  their best interests and
rights. Our clients deserve to be well-represented, with quality legal services provided by a dedicated team of attorneys and paralegals. We
pride ourselves in our personal service by making sure we are available for our client throughout the legal process.

We're Here to Help You

We seek to help you through the legal problem confronting you. The first step is an easy one: call us for a free  telephone consultation at
(636) 861-1111 to speak with our Ballwin family and criminal law attorneys. You can also contact us online. We accept Visa and MasterCard.

West County Family Law is located in Ballwin, Missouri, and serves the cities of St. Louis, Chesterfield,  Fenton, Valley Park, Clayton, Creve
Coeur, Kirkwood,    Des Peres, Webster Groves, Manchester, Eureka, Hillsboro, Maryland Heights, Town and Country, Ellisville, Frontenac,
Wildwood, Ladue and Crestwood. We also serve other communities in St. Louis County, Jefferson County, St. Charles County, West County
and South County.
West County Family Law Probate Attorneys
Joel Case & Sally Rajnoha
West County Family Law
Following the death of a loved one, the probate and administrative details of the estate can become overwhelming. Trying to handle the
final estate valuation, taxes, creditor issues and distribution of assets can be frustrating and confusing.

Probate is defined as a legal process through which a person’s estate is settled after death. It includes validating the will, inventorying the
deceased’s property and appraising it, paying debts and taxes, and finally making sure the remaining property in the estate is distributed as
designated in the will. In situations where
there is no will, the estate will ultimately be distributed according to dictates of state law. Probate is required in Missouri in certain
circumstances.A probate lawyer is an asset when aspects of a deceased person’s estate distribution require help with estate administration.
We discuss some of the factors that should influence your decision to hire a probate lawyer to help in handling estate distribution below.

Call us with questions about your Missouri probate matter, including:

•        Estate administration
•        Personal Representative Assistance
•        Breach of Fiduciary Duty Litigation
•        Wills and Trusts
•        Probate Litigation and Dispute Resolution
•        Small Estate Affidavits

Apart from situations when the will is challenged, the estate pays for the costs of probate and handles such expenses as mortgage payments,
property taxes, maintenance fees, etc. through the process. If the estate is unable to pay for these costs, the court can order the sale of the
property to cover expenses.

The cost of hiring an attorney to help you through the probate process can depend on a number of factors including your state laws, the value
of the estate, the presence of a will, type of property to be inherited, and the amount if discord in the family.

At
West County Family Law we understand the confusion people face when confronted with the probate process. There are several
questions that arise and attorneys Case & Rajnoha are here to help you understand the complex Missouri probate laws. Our first approach
when working with perspective clients is to determine whether probate is necessary.  Our first objective is to avoid probate when possible.
When a loved one passes on, it’s a difficult time to have to think about winding up his or her financial affairs.  However, completing this task
ahead of time can help you and your loved ones achieve peace of mind and confidence that their wishes will be honored.  At West County
Family Law we understand why it is so important to work with an experienced probate attorney ahead of time. With our legal experience we
can inform you of your options as well as assist you through a complicated process at a very difficult time.


As the executor or administrator, you may be faced with various challenges, such as real estate that must be sold, pending legal claims
against the estate and tax issues.  The law office of West County Family Law can help you overcome these hurdles and can provide the
expert legal counsel that is needed when probating a will.