Family members having to navigate the probate process after the death of a loved one often worry that they’re on their own with whatever to-do list and responsibilities are involved. This can be overwhelming when you consider 1) they aren’t legal pros, and 2) they’ve heard there aren’t many legal processes more confusing, complicated, drawn-out, and emotional than probate. If this is you, don’t worry. This is where having a probate attorney can help.
The attorneys at Christman Attorneys, PLLC believe that no one should go through the probate process alone. Our job is to guide you through that process and do all the heavy lifting so that you don’t have to.
We have an unwavering commitment to helping our clients at each stage of the process.
What are a probate attorney’s responsibilities?
A probate attorney works with and represents you as the executor or beneficiary of an estate to settle your loved one’s affairs after they’ve passed. Their estate can include everything from money and physical property to assets and other items of value. The probate process can sometimes get complicated if there isn’t a will in place. However, just because there is a will doesn’t mean you can avoid the process altogether. Therefore, your probate attorney will likely be involved in different ways.
A few responsibilities a probate attorney might have depending on the unique nature of the estate situation might include:
- Represent the estate representative in court
- Prepare and file documents required by the court
- Assist the executor in distributing estate assets and inheritances
- Assist the executor in determining the appropriateness of paying creditors of the estate
- Obtain or order property appraisals
How a Will Can Help Your Probate Attorney
Having a carefully-crafted will in place can make the probate process easier for you and your probate attorney. Rather than being forced to defer to state law to determine how everything is distributed, the court can simply refer to the will to determine how to proceed. By leaving behind a will, your loved one can specify:
- How their assets should be distributed
- Who gets what, and how much
- Details for final arrangements
- Who should care for their minor children and pets
- Who is in charge (executor) of making sure all of this happens
While probate isn’t always necessary, it is often required or recommended. How these proceedings play out depends on your unique situation. Whether your loved one did or didn’t have a will, it’s essential to consult a probate attorney to determine the next steps. The attorneys at Christman Ramsey & Foster, PC are here for you each step of the way.
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We have an unwavering commitment to helping our clients at each stage of their legal situation.