Do I Need an Attorney to Help Me Through the Probate Process?
When people write a will, they generally name somebody to be the will’s executor. The executor’s job is to carry out the instructions in the will and to settle the testator’s (deceased person’s) estate. If you have been named as an executor in Florida, you have the option of performing these duties, hiring an attorney to help you, or passing the duties on to someone else.
Before making a decision, it is important to understand what an executor does. He or she must determine the value of an estate, settle debts, navigate the probate process and distribute the estate’s assets. Depending on the size of the estate and the complexity of the assets involved, this process can be relatively simple or extremely time-consuming.
If you need help with your duties as executor or with the probate process, you should enlist the aid of an experienced probate attorney. You are not required to hire an attorney, but having access to one typically makes the process much easier. An attorney can take on as few or as many of the executor’s duties as you wish. Your attorney can help you complete tasks such as:
- Dealing with courts
- Filing forms
- Overseeing asset distribution
- Getting title to a home
Your attorney will also be able to answer all of the questions that arise during the probate process while ensuring you meet all applicable deadlines. Because probate attorneys are typically paid by the estate instead of the executor or personal representative, the cost of hiring an attorney for assistance is split among the estate’s beneficiaries.
An experienced Florida probate attorney can guide you through the probate process. If you are an executor or personal representative looking for help sorting out an estate, contact a compassionate Florida probate attorney at the Charles Law Offices today.