Probate: Managing An Estate After Someone Has Passed Away

When someone has passed away, the people who cared about them often feel intimidated by the probate process. At Ball, Kirk & Holm, P.C., in Waterloo, we can guide you through the process smoothly.

For more than 40 years, our lawyers have been representing people throughout Iowa in a wide range of legal matters. This experience gives us the knowledge and skill needed to help you probate a will — even helping resolve disputes related to contested wills.

Our Probate Services

Our law firm does everything necessary to probate the will, offering you as much help — or as little — as you need to successfully go through the probate process.

  • Contact the beneficiaries of an estate
  • Manage the assets and debts
  • File individual and estate taxes
  • Distribute property to the beneficiaries
  • Manage issues related to the care of minor children

When A Will Is Contested

Just because a person has a will does not always mean that everything will run smoothly. Sometimes probate disputes lead to contested wills when a beneficiary or someone who believes they should have been a beneficiary challenges the will.

There are several reasons that Iowa courts may find a will — or part of a will — invalid. Sometimes the person who created the will was believed not to have the ability — the testamentary capacity — to understand their property and their family in a way that was clear enough to make a will.

Other times, the person who created the will may have been unduly influenced by a person in their life, like a caretaker or manipulative relative, into leaving all the assets of the estate to them.

No matter what situation you face, Ball, Kirk & Holm, P.C., offers clear guidance through the probate process. We also help resolve issues related to contested wills. To learn more, contact the attorneys at the law firm of Ball, Kirk & Holm, P.C., in Waterloo by calling us at 319-234-2638.