How can a Probate Attorney Help Me?
Whether or not the estate needs to be administed in a probate proceeding, a probate attorney can help in many ways. For one thing, the probate attorney can help you file the decedent's will. Most states have laws that state that the decedent's will must be filed with the district court within a certain amount of time (typically 10 days) even if there is no estate administration. The attorney can also help you file the necessary paperwork with the probate court to administer the estate. You will also need the attorney's (and typically an accountant's) help with the actual estate administration, even if all the assets can pass without a formal probate proceeding. Additionally, the attorney is there for you if any legal complications arise in probate. Find a probate attorney in your area to find out other ways he or she can help you.
The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.
Additional Probate and Estate Administration Articles
- What is a Probate Court?
- What is a Probate Proceeding?
- How are Probate Assets Distributed in a Probate Proceeding?
- Who is in Charge of Administering the Estate?
- What does the Personal Representative Do?
- Who (or What) can be a Personal Representative?
- How are Personal Representatives Selected by the Court?
- Does the Personal Representative Need an Attorney?
- What Documents Does a Personal Representative Need to Start Probate?
- What Fees are Generally Involved with Probate?
- What is Probate Litigation?