The Branson law firm of Cantwell, Smith & Trokey has joined with Neale & Newman. Two locations delivering extraordinary legal services.

Springfield Probate & Trust Administration Attorneys

Full-Service Law Firm Serving Southwest Missouri

At Neale & Newman., we proudly represent clients who need help navigating probate and trust administration proceedings. We have a stellar reputation for providing a wide range of efficient, cost-effective legal services and for treating our clients with the respect and dignity they deserve during periods of mourning. 

Why Do I Need a Lawyer for Probate & Trust Administration?

Very few people who are named trustees and executors are familiar enough with this complicated area of law to successfully fulfill their responsibilities and administer a trust or an estate. In addition to guiding clients through each phase of the administration process, we also provide practical advice for protecting trusts and estates from creditors, required court filings, estate and income taxes, and other common issues that must be handled after the death of an individual.

Probate & Trust Litigation Services

Trustees and executors can sometimes find themselves facing claims filed by beneficiaries and creditors who have interest in the estate. Our litigation department at Neale & Newman. is equipped with the extensive resources and knowledge of the law that clients need to handle even the most complex claims. 

The responsibilities that come with administrating trusts and estates can be a tall order to take on all by yourself, especially if you are left to manage numerous assets that require regular attention. Luckily, we work closely with many of our estate planning clients for years or even decades, enabling us to prepare families and beneficiaries well in advance.

We handle the following trust and probate administration matters for clients in Springfield and across Southwest Missouri:

  • Opening and Closing Probate
  • Trust Modification 
  • Trust Litigation
  • Guardianships and Conservatorships
  • Disputing Undue Influence Over a Will 
  • Breaches of Fiduciary Duties by Trustees
  • Will Contests 
  • Estate Valuation

Role and Responsibilities of a Trust Administrator

A trust administrator is a person who has been given the power to act for another person and they are needed to ensure that a trust is followed. The trust administrator has a duty of care to beneficiaries of a trust. The responsibilities of a trust administrator varies, but they typically involve:

  • Keeping the beneficiaries informed of how the assets are being managed
  • Protecting the interests of the beneficiaries
  • Filing income tax returns
  • Keeping an eye on investments to ensure that they are benefitting the trust

We Excel in This Area of the Law

Neale & Newman was founded in 1903. Since then, we have grown to offer sophisticated services on complex projects around the globe. At the same time, we have become more and more intertwined with our community here in Springfield. However, our legal professionals haven’t forgotten our firm’s small-town roots, which is why we continue to treat our clients the way we treat our neighbors: with the courtesy and respect they deserve. 

Our probate and trust administration attorneys are ready to review your situation. Call us today at (417) 670-2520 or contact us online to set up a consultation.

Committed to Helping Our Community Contact Neale & Newman

  • Unique Blend of Experience & Technology
    Assisting our clients with a combination of deep experience and current technology.
  • Comprehensive & Coordinated Representation
    Providing cost-effective, multifaceted representation for our clients on a wide range of legal matters.
  • Generations of Service to Our Southwest Missouri Neighbors
    Supporting the legal needs of businesses and individuals since 1903.

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