We help clients who have lost loved ones deal with and manage the probate process.
From a legal perspective, death changes every legal relationship and consequence for a person, his or her newly created estate, and the property he or she owned. These changes also impact everyone who was connected with the person who died.
This raises a number of legal questions. These questions have to be addressed during the grieving process. And they often have to be addressed sooner rather than later. This presents a number of challenges for the survivors.
There are a number of attorneys who dabble in probate cases. They take one occasionally and they can often handle the process. These attorneys usually have to learn and re-learn the process with each case–all at their client’s expense. They also may miss nuances or opportunities that a specialist would typically spot. Our probate attorneys often take over probate cases started by other lawyers.
We also take over cases that are started by clients who try to handle the probate themselves and get overwhelmed or stuck. These cases are often more expensive as our probate attorneys have to go back and fix or amend pleadings, etc.
Probate is a process. There are specific tasks that have to be completed and those that may be optional. There are risks and liabilities associated with completing and not completing these tasks and there are also risks and liabilities associated with when the tasks are completed or should have been completed. This is why it often does not make sense to hire an attorney that does not focus on probate or to try to do it yourself.
Our probate attorneys know probate law. This is what we do. From the initial filings to the court hearings, to the various notices and inventory, there isn’t much our attorneys haven’t already seen.
Our attorneys have experience administering all sizes of estates–from simple uncontested wills to will contests.
We can handle just about every probate matter. This includes advising executors and administrators on routine administration issues, preparing and filing the necessary court documents, preparing witnesses and others for court, conducting discovery, and facilitating settlements. It also includes small estate affidavits, probating wills as muniment of titles, and family settlement agreements.
Clients hire us when they have lost a loved one. They also hire us when their rights are not being respected in the probate process. We are also called on to assist with probate disputes and cases involving minor children or incompetent adults.
Please contact one of our probate attorneys if you need more information about the probate process or if you want to see how we can help with your probate.