Estate Administration

At Puff, Sierzega & MacFeeters, our estate law attorneys have been devoted to and built a reputation in the area of Estate Administration and Estate Litigation over the past 40 years. Jeffrey V. Puff, with over 40 years experience in estate law, heads our estate law department.

Our Areas of Estate Litigation & Trust Administration

Estate Litigation:

Our attorneys routinely litigate estate disputes for our clients spanning a variety of matters from contested wills to misappropriation of estate assets. Estate litigation is a necessary step to contest or defend an estate dispute. Disputes often arise in the administration of a probate estate, or trust, especially when there are substantial amounts of money involved, or cherished family heirlooms or real property. These disputes can arise between beneficiaries, between a trustee or other involved fiduciary or beneficiary, or from third parties. Among the areas of estate litigation, the following is a non-exhaustive list our firm handles:

  • Validity of Wills
  • Contested Wills
  • Incapacity of Testator
  • Undue Influence
  • Duress
  • Defective Execution/Signatures of Testamentary Documents
  • Misappropriation of Estate Assets
  • Fraud / Forgery
  • Power of Attorney Disputes
  • Real Estate Disputes
  • Breach of Fiduciary Duty
  • Contested Accounting
  • Guardianship Proceedings
  • Trust Reformation
  • Spousal Rights
  • Mediation

Estate and Probate Administration:

Estate and Probate Administration is handled in a variety of forms. Within estate and probate administration, our attorneys serve as trustees, legal representatives, legal guardians, guardians ad litem (court appointed attorney’s), and provide legal guidance to executors, personal representatives, trustees and others in a fiduciary role set forth in testamentary documents. In addition, our firm handles and prepares the accompanying estate documents necessary to complete in order to distribute the assets to the intended beneficiaries and close the estate. The following is an non-exclusive list of areas in Estate and Probate Administration handled by our firm:

  • Fiduciary Roles
  • Trustees
  • Legal Representatives
  • Executors
  • Personal Representatives
  • Guardians
  • Federal Estate Tax Returns
  • State Estate Tax Returns
  • Inheritance Tax Returns
  • Gift Tax Returns
  • Insurance Claims and Adjustments
  • Managing Estate Assets
  • Estate Accounting
  • Creditor Claims
  • Refunding Bonds
  • IRS Forms
  • Asset Distribution
  • Disclaimers
  • Estate Inventory

To schedule a consultation with one of our estate law attorneys, please call (856) 845 – 0011 or email our office at