DOES YOUR ESTATE NEED A PROBATE ATTORNEY?
Probate is a subject that most people ignore or just put off, but it's highly important. Probate is something you most likely would rather avoid, but this process isn't always that easy to skip over - especially if your estate plan isn't adequate. If you don't have any experience with probate, it can be a daunting thing to go through.
As a beneficiary, probate is a long, expensive and highly frustrating process. For executors the process can become even more overwhelming - especially with all of the paperwork, deadlines and liabilities. Most executors need the assistance of a probate attorney to help them sort through the maze associated with probate.
If you're an executor, you may benefit from hiring a probate attorney rather than going through the process solo. A probate attorney can assist you in situations such as:
Dealing with a large number of beneficiaries - especially beneficiaries who don't get along.
Dealing with beneficiaries receiving varying amounts of inheritances.
Dealing with a descendant who was a resident of a different state.
Dealing with a large estate with numerous assets.
Dealing with beneficiary disagreements and accusations.
Dealing with a contested will.
If you aren't sure whether or not you need the assistance of a probate attorney, take advantage of a consultation and let an attorney review your case. Most can tell you right away whether or not you need a probate attorney and how they can assist you with the probate process.