Chandler Probate Lawyer

Brian G. Winter

Chandler Probate Attorney

Attorney at Law Magazine’s Chandler Probate Local Legal Authority.

Brian G. Winter

Chandler Probate Attorney

Chandler Probate Lawyer

Attorney at Law Magazine’s Chandler Probate Local Legal Authority.

About
Brian G. Winter

Attorney Brian G. Winter practices probate law, estate planning, divorce and family law. Three years after joining Stewart Law Group as an associate attorney in 2017, Winter rose to firm partner. Equally skilled in negotiation, mediation, and litigation, he helps his probate clients navigate what are often sensitive, difficult matters.

Winter earned his BA in Government and Politics (1990) from St. John’s University in Queens and his JD (1993) from St. John's University School of Law. In 1994, he was admitted to practice law in New York (registered), Florida (inactive), and Connecticut (active) and US District Court, District of Connecticut.

In 2014, he was licensed in Arizona and became a member of the State Bar of Arizona, Scottsdale Bar Association, and Maricopa County Bar Association (on the MCBA Board of Directors in 2016).  

Because of the importance of ADR in probate proceedings, Winter's extensive background in mediation and collaborative law is of great benefit to clients. Cooperative settlement helps minimize the emotional impact of probate and can save costs by avoiding expensive trial preparation.

In 2010, Winter was certified by the Connecticut judicial branch for assignment as GAL/Attorney for Minor Children. As such, he was directly involved in appointment of guardians and conservators of individuals alleged incompetent or incapable of meeting their own day-to-day needs. GALs in Arizona are also court-appointed. In 2011, he completed 40-hours of mediation training with the Center for Understanding Conflict and advanced training with the Center for Mediation in Law. His keen insight, complex problem-solving, and extensive knowledge of non-litigation dispute resolution is invaluable.

Avvo-rated 10-of-10, Winter has received professional recognition from the:

  • American Institute of Legal Counsel - 10 Best Estate Planning Attorney (2020, 2018, 2017)
  • Lead Counsel - Lead Counsel Rated in Family Law (2015)
  • Lawyers of Distinction - Lawyers of Distinction Award (2017)
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys - 10 Best Attorney (2020, 2019)
  • Attorney and Practice Magazine - Top 10 Estate Planning Attorneys (2019)
  • Avvo - 5 Star Clients' Choice Award (2017), Client's Choice Award (2016), and Clients' Choice Award for Divorce (2015)
  • National Academy of Family Law Attorneys - Top Ten Ranking (2016)
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys - 10 Best Family Law Attorneys (2016)

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About Chandler Probate Law

Probate law in Chandler involves the legal process behind properly distributing a deceased person’s estate to his or her heirs. This process generally follows these basic steps:

  • Someone is named as the administrator — also known as the executor — of the estate, either by the deceased person’s will or by court appointment.
  • The court verifies that the deceased person’s will is valid.
  • The deceased person’s property is identified, inventoried, and appraised so that assets may be distributed or sold.
  • Debts or taxes owed by the deceased person are paid.
  • The remaining assets are distributed in accordance with the will, or—in the absence of a will—by Arizona law.

What Does a Chandler Probate Attorney Do?

If you’ve been named administrator of a loved one’s estate, it is encouraged that you seek advice from an experienced Chandler probate attorney, as they will know the legal ins and outs of the process. Some of the services that a Chandler probate lawyer can provide include:

  • Assisting with the sale or distribution of estate property and assets.
  • Obtaining appraisals of estate-owned property.
  • Determining the taxes that are owed on the property.
  • Representing you in court if there should be challenges to the estate brought by beneficiaries.
  • Locating and securing assets that are involved in probate as well as those that aren’t. An example of a non-probate asset would be a life insurance policy.
  • Preparing and filing all documents required by probate court, paying heed to the deadlines involved in these filings.
  • The collection and disbursement of life insurance proceeds.
  • Dealing with the deceased’s retirement plans, such as IRAs and 401(k)s.
  • Advising their client as to any final debts owed by the estate.
  • Settling disputes between administrators and beneficiaries.
  • Re-titling the deceased person’s real estate into the names of the appropriate beneficiaries.
  • Distributing the remainder of the estate to beneficiaries after applicable debts and taxes have been paid.

Frequently Asked Questions About Probate

What happens if there is no will?

If a person dies without a will, his or her assets will be distributed according to Arizona law. The court will appoint an executor of its choice to oversee the distribution of the assets. Individuals can challenge the will, with the court making a decision as to the appropriate beneficiary for each asset.

How long does probate take?

According to information from the American Bar Association, the average estate completes the probate process within six to nine months after the initial filing in court. However, this timeline can grow quite a bit if there are challenges to the will or difficulties locating and appraising property belonging to the estate.

Does all property have to go through probate?

Not necessarily. If property is jointly owned, then ownership will remain with the surviving owner. Additionally, non-probate assets such as the proceeds from a life insurance policy, are payable upon death to the beneficiary specified in the policy.

What does “contesting a will” mean?

It means that you disagree with the dispensation of assets in accordance to the will for a specific legal reason such as incapacity, fraud, undue influence, or duress. Contesting a will is a legal process of its own and one that requires court filings.

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What clients in Chandler are saying about
Brian G. Winter

Stewart Law Group
4.9
Based on 51 reviews
This was my second go around with Carrie, as my ex filed another modification of parenting time. Carrie was always on top of things, responded, hit all deadlines and rocked it in trial! My ex was accusing me of countless baseless accusations but she kept the eye on the ball and hit it outta the park! I even got attorney fees granted. Carrie, I am forever thankful for you!! ❤️
nancy mulchandani
nancy mulchandani
17:56 16 Apr 21
Amy Dohrendorf listened to my wishes and adjusted to meet my needs. I am grateful for her compassion, kindness and outstanding expertise. I highly recommend her services.
Pam Wagner
Pam Wagner
19:01 31 Mar 21
5 stars is not even enough for everything that Atty. Amy Dohrendorf and Stewart Law Group has done for my family and I. What seemed like impossible, Atty. Amy and her team have made it all possible. My daughter and I are living examples. Almost a year ago, I started my journey through a very difficult divorce and custody battle. Initially, and before Atty. Amy even came into the picture, it seemed as if my ex won sole legal decision making of my then 5 months old daughter. During these times, it felt as if the world crumbled on me. It was probably the lowest point in my life. Then we met Atty. Amy with Stewart Law Group.I will never forget what Atty. Amy said, "we may have lost the battle, but we will win this war." Fast forward to today, we indeed won. We won every aspect of this legal case. One of these is permanent relocation to my family here in Ohio for my daughter and I. It's worth noting that relocation is difficult to obtain. But guess what, for Atty. Amy and her team, it was not impossible. Yes, she will give you all the reality checks for your case but don't be dismay, she is working tirelessly in the background to achieve the impossible and turn it into reality. I don't know how she does it, but she truly is a heaven sent. Now being in Ohio, it will be hard to find anyone like Atty. Amy and Stewart Law Group. I just hope I would not need any legal service for the next 18 years. Even then, I would still continually seek Atty. Amy's trusted advice.Oh and also, my mom said whoever will be the next man in my life, Atty. Amy will have to approve!
Arzice Chua
Arzice Chua
14:45 21 Jan 21
Thank you Carrie for all the hard work you and your team did during this trying time. I will definitely recommend you to anyone who needs help in the area of Family services that was provided to me!!! Thank you Thank you!
Aaliyah Kawash Playz
Aaliyah Kawash Playz
13:05 14 Oct 20
Thank you to Stewart Law Group for taking our case. Our lawyer, Colin Bell, was compassionate, kind and the strength we needed when we felt vulnerable. Collin is knowledgeable and professional. He answered our questions in a timely manner. He truly did the best job ever with a happy outcome.
Siebrandt World
Siebrandt World
17:22 15 Jan 20
Amy Dohrendorf and her staff were wonderful to work with through every step of my divorce with children. Amy was straightforward, caring, knowledgeable and efficient. She and all of the staff I worked with turned a difficult and confusing time into one where I felt fully supported in the laws and procedures of the divorce and custody agreements, as well as secure in knowing I was being represented by the absolute best in their field. Thank you Amy and Stewart Law Group.
Stefanie Levine
Stefanie Levine
21:03 03 Dec 19
Amy Dohrendorf from the Stewart Law Group represented me during a difficult divorce. She took the time to listen and understood my priorities. She gave me honest and reliable advice yet respected my wishes. I'm thankful that I had an attorney I could trust through this process.
Elizabeth C
Elizabeth C
23:36 23 Nov 19

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