avoid a legal nightmare
Probate can be a complicated and stressful process that requires multiple court appointments, filling out detailed forms, and an understanding of legal regulations. In truth, the entire process can be a “legal nightmare” for the layperson, and the last thing you may want after the death of a loved one is to deal with the matters of settling their estate. The undertaking is simply too much for an untrained person.
your time is valuable
Probate is typically a lengthy process that takes anywhere from 7 to 12 months to complete (and that is with an uncontested estate) and any mistakes or incorrectly filed paperwork will only delay court proceedings and the distribution of those assets.
you need a trained professional
Probate is a tedious situation that requires submitting documents, filing notices, and informing various government agencies of scheduled hearings. There may also be moments where a probate judge or a court representative will ask to review documents, which will leave you scurrying to and from the courts without much notice or time. Hiring a probate attorney, however, will help you skip the courtrooms entirely, as an attorney can handle all those affairs on your behalf.
we get the job done right
A probate attorney will also help you take possession of the deceased person’s property and provide expert advice regarding estate management. Assets such as bank accounts, securities accounts, deeds to real estate properties, jewelry and other assets will need to be inventoried and appraisement during the probate process. Once those items are taken care of, a final distribution of the estate is typically made soon after a federal estate tax return has been filed (generally around nine months the date of death).
While you are not required to use a lawyer during probate, the entire process is complicated, and any minor omissions or missed deadlines will only slow down or even stop probate in its tracks. That is not to mention how unpopular these mistakes will make you with those beneficiaries waiting for the distribution of the family's assets.
call elder law services of california to help you today
Hiring a probate attorney will only provide you with the peace of mind that your family’s affairs are being handled in the proper and most efficient manner possible. If you are searching for a probate attorney, give us a call at Elder Law Services of California (855) ELDER LAW to schedule a FREE consultation with one of our expert lawyers. Once you sit down with our team, and if you decide we are a good fit, Elder Law services will put together a specific plan of action that reflects your family’s desires and wishes as to how the probate process should proceed. We look forward to working with you soon.