Professional representation for your most important decisions.
Attorney Webster-O'Keefe utilizes her experience and expertise to represent clients in all residential and commercial real estate matters including sales, refinances and purchases. While buying, selling or refinancing can be a very stressful and hectic time, our office will support you through the process so that it is also a satisfying one.
Our staff is knowledgeable in all aspects of real estate transactions including Residential and Commercial Contracts, Property Disclosure Reports, Mortgage Contingencies, Inspections, Title Insurance, Property Taxes, Lender Requirements, and Document Preparation. The Law Office of Katherine Webster-O'Keefe will help you navigate the many requirements involved and be sure your best interests are served.
As an experienced closing attorney, Katherine will help you to understand your rights and legal obligations as well as avoid problems or misunderstandings that could cost time and money. As your Real Estate attorney, Katherine will address your concerns, protect your interests, monitor the financial obligations of your transaction, and help keep your matter on track for a smooth and timely closing.
Mediation is a voluntary alternative to the contested court process that allows people to successfully resolve disputes and come to a complete divorce settlement. With a Masters in Social Work and over thirty years practicing law, Katherine understands the emotional needs and family dynamics during times of conflict.
Mediation promotes communication and cooperation between divorcing couples and allows the divorcing couple to control the decisions that affect their lives. The process generally takes less time and is far less costly than litigation. Mediation keeps personal matters confidential by avoiding public disclosures in a court battle.
Attorney Webster-O'Keefe is skilled in working with couples to reduce conflict and create an impartial environment to discuss post-divorce changes, parenting issues, and resolve support, property and financial concerns. As an attorney with more than twenty years of court experience in divorce litigation, custody and post judgment issues, Katherine has the knowledge and experience to educate the parties about the legal process and to guide them through amicable decisions that will avoid problems later.
A Will is a formal document that provides for the disposition of one's assets after death. Because it is such an important document, certain procedures must be observed in the preparing and signing of a Will for it to be valid. Attorney Webster-O'Keefe has the legal knowledge and experience needed to advise clients and to make sure that all of a person's wishes and objectives are taken into account in language that is legally clear and free from ambiguity.
In preparing a Will, Katherine consults with clients to determine any special circumstances that exist and if there are any particular needs of the family. The Will names an Executor to manage the Estate, distribute the assets and wind up one's personal affairs. A will may also establish a trust to safeguard assets for beneficiaries. Putting these details in a valid and legally clear Will allows the individual to make decisions and determine how they will be carried out. When no Will exists, those decisions are left in the hands of the Probate Court.
Deciding to make a formal Will is also a good time to consider a Living Will and the designation of a Health Care Agent. It is also a time to discuss designating a guardian for children. At the time of consultation Katherine can explain these documents and offer clients advice on their importance and when and how they are used.
An Estate includes the interest held by a decedent in every type of property, both real and personal, whether solely or jointly owned. The Probate and Estate Administration procedures involved in administering an Estate can be confusing and complicated. The law requires certain documents to be filed in order to process and distribute the assets and belongings left behind after a person's death.
A Probate Court has the authority to establish the validity of a Will and appoint the Executor, or appoint an Administrator of an Estate when there is no Will. Attorney Webster-O'Keefe can help the grieving family and Executor to navigate the requirements involved. Katherine will help with filing the Will in the proper Probate District; obtaining Fiduciary Certificates so that an Executor can carry out the business of the Estate; identifying potential creditors; completing and filing the required Inventory, and Distribution documents, required tax and accounting documents and closing the Estate once all matters have been settled according to the decedent's Will.
When no Will exists, a Petition for Administration will be filed with the Probate Court and then the processing of the Estate will proceed much like when a decedent has left a Will with heirs being determined by law. Katherine will help the family to understand how assets, real and personal, will be legally distributed and who beneficiaries are according to the Laws of Probate.