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How To Find A Reliable Probate Lawyer

How To Find A Reliable Probate Lawyer

Estate planning is an important task that many people overlook or delay. Some people think that planning for death is morbid, but death is a fact of life that we all must face. Even though it is difficult to think about death, proper estate planning gives you peace of mind that your loved ones will be cared for and that your assets will be distributed according to your wishes. Although there are many books and Internet resources that often suggest that you can write your own will, it is in your best interest to hire a probate attorney. Probate laws are often complicated and vary from state to state, but lawyers have much more experience handling these matters than the average person. Probate lawyers are familiar with how to handle contested wills and trusts and how to guide families through probate when there is no will in place.

What to Look for in a Probate Lawyer:

  • Hire a probate attorney who understands what your concerns are.
  • Look for an attorney who has experience handling probate and estate planning matters.
  • Request a free consultation, and choose the attorney who makes you feel the most comfortable.
  • Hire someone who will aggressively advocate for you.
  • Ask whether your attorney has an LLM or other advanced degree. Additional degrees are not required, but they are signs that your attorney has received additional training.
  • Choose an attorney who practices in the same jurisdiction where the probate matter is because a local attorney will be more familiar with local rules of court and local laws.

Why Probate is Important

When someone dies, probate is necessary to notify others of the death and distribute the assets of the deceased to his or her heirs. It is important to name the new legal owner or owners of the property in order to determine who will maintain the property and who will have ownership rights. Probate helps ensure that assets are preserved by trustees, where necessary, and that each heir inherits what he or she is entitled to under the law. Request a free consultation with a probate lawyer to discuss how hiring a probate lawyer can help you.