A probate attorney is a state-licensed lawyer who offers legal counsel and assistance to the executor or personal representative of an estate throughout the probate process. Their services typically include everything from inventorying and finding estate assets, to paying and understanding all debts the estate may have, settling the estate, and more.
The probate process is a process that a person's will, belongings, as well as assets, go through after they've passed on. It is also a complicated court process that can take months or even years to complete. This is where a probate attorney comes in handy. Read on to find out how a probate lawyer can help you.
How Does a Probate Attorney Help You?
Probate attorneys use their extensive and professional knowledge. They can accomplish many things to settle an estate and help the executor as well as the beneficiaries, including:
Drafting a Will
Handcrafted writing options are readily available on the market. However, there could be consequences if you get it wrong. Poorly drafted wills can also cause conflicts and stress for your heirs. A probate lawyer can avoid all this. The lawyer can draft a professional will that gets accepted by the court without any prejudice.
Speed Up the Probate Process
As mentioned above, the probate process can be complicated. Depending on the details presented by the will, it may not even run smoothly. A probate lawyer will assist an untrained executor to negotiate the entire legal process as well as resolve the many legal and financial issues that may arise.
Hiring a probate lawyer will save you, as the executor, much of your time throughout the whole process. This is from liquidating and gathering the estate's assets to accounting and arranging your forms in the correct manner.
Minimizing Stress on the Family
A probate lawyer will help you in the court process and in solving your family's disputes about the estate. Additionally, your lawyer will handle the conflicts in a professional manner and help family members to understand the verdicts in a lawful way. The lawyer serving as a third party also allows the executor to also spend more time and energy on his or her family.
A probate attorney can make life easier after death. And at the Law Office of Andre Clark, we will help you through this by offering Estate Planning to help you plan your estate as well as achieve your goals. Contact us today for more information.