Please note: On June 15, 2018, Chief Judge McHugh appointed Laird A. Lile as the Clerk Ad Interim for Collier County, Florida, following the death of the elected Clerk. See “In the News” on this website for more information. While serving in this temporary role, Attorney Lile is not practicing law. Accordingly, the content of any communication received from Attorney Lile during this period is not legal advice and should not be interpreted as the practice of law. During this period, John Thomas Cardillo, Esq., is serving as special counsel to the firm, and Attorney Lile will be accessible to Attorney Cardillo and the firm.
Estate and Trust Administration
Representing Personal Representatives and Trustees
Admitting wills to probate and handling administration of estates is a primary component of the legal practice at Laird A. Lile, PLLC. Our experienced staff understands – and anticipates – the needs of personal representatives (historically referred to as executors), allowing us work both effectively and efficiently to represent your interests.
We are available to assist individual personal representatives in all aspects of the important tasks required under Florida law when administering an estate. We also provide advice related to the Federal tax issues facing personal representatives, offering recommendations and alternative courses of action that might be available. We prepare estate tax returns and work with accountants in reviewing tax returns.
Our firm also represents trustees and provides advice regarding administration of trusts. We prepare accountings for trustees and advise trustees regarding transactions and interaction with trust beneficiaries and third parties. In light of our extensive involvement in the development of Florida’s trust law, we are often able to identify opportunities that will assist a trustee in the discharge of its fiduciary responsibilities.
In addition to representation of trustees during post death administration of trusts, we also represent trustees and other fiduciaries regarding general administration issues. We are available to provide counseling regarding the rights and responsibilities created by the governing documents and Florida law. Sometimes we are asked to assist a fiduciary in bringing an ongoing trust administration into compliance, and other times we are advising a newly appointed fiduciary.
We frequently represent beneficiaries of estates and trusts. We are available to assist beneficiaries in analyzing information provided by personal representatives and trustees. We also counsel beneficiaries regarding rights under wills and trust instruments, often successfully avoiding litigation when issues can be otherwise resolved through discussion and negotiation.