Probate Attorney – What do they do?
Probate Attorney – Who are they?
A probate attorney is a lawyer who helps families navigate the complex legal process of settling their loved ones estate.
What do they do?
Leave it to the legislature and courts to have created a complex, convoluted legal process to pass assets and property to your spouse and children…
A probate lawyer helps you navigate the wild, complex legal maze to settle affairs and pass assets to the next generation and your spouse. The attorney represents you in court and negotiates with creditors. They know what steps to take. They know the order of the steps. A good one will be able to act as a translator. They translate the complex legal terms and processes into plain words that you can understand.
Further, they do a lot of things outside of court like negotiate real estate contracts, write deeds, and work with creditors to settle the final debts for as little as possible.
If you left a Last Will and Testament, the lawyer will aid your family in following your final wishes. If you didn’t then the probate attorney will help your family navigate the administration by following the applicable laws and statutes.
How does a probate lawyer help?
- Collect life insurance proceeds by helping with the complex forms from the insurance companies
- Negotiate with creditors to pay off final debts and reduce amounts owed
- Sell real estate and create real estate contracts saving some of the fees a realtor would charge
- Negotiate private real estate contracts
- Get appraisals on real estate
- Find and secure assets
- Prepare court documents
- File court documents it the right time in the right order
- Write deeds
- Determine if estate taxes are owed or an estate tax return needs filed
- Advise on final income taxes
- Write letters
- Act as a go between for feuding family members
- Provide plain English advice on the best things to do