What are the Duties of a Probate Lawyer?
When a member of your family passes away, there is often a considerable amount of paperwork involved in the closure of the person’s estate. This can become complicated, so you may need to call on a probate lawyer to help you through the process.
Ultimately, survivors of the deceased are in control of what they take on for themselves and what they choose to hand over to an attorney during the probate process. When handling a decedent’s estate, you may wish to enlist the services of a legal professional to help you execute or better understand the paperwork involved in the closure of a deceased person’s affairs. This may include ordering death certificates, filing a will with your local probate court, securing appraisals of remaining valuables, filing the final income tax return of the deceased and completing probate court papers. Because there are many moving parts to a person’s estate, a skilled probate attorney will be able to guide you through the process and become involved in legal matters when asked.
The best probate lawyers understand that surviving family members typically have many questions, and thus they make themselves available to provide guidance when it’s needed. In addition to assisting with and explaining the probate process, your lawyer can also ensure you meet all necessary deadlines. Usually, there are strict timeframes for each step of the probate process, and it may be necessary for you or your attorney to file appropriate paperwork or be aware of specific hearing dates.
Finally, your lawyer may be responsible for overseeing the distribution of assets to beneficiaries. However, if family members are in agreement of how assets will be divided, having a legal professional oversee the distribution might not be needed. If this is the case, your lawyer may still be involved by answering any questions you may have or by overseeing the executor’s correspondence to beneficiaries, explaining what they should expect to receive.
For more information on how an attorney can assist you with the probate process, contact the skilled Florida legal team at the Charles Law Offices.