Services Provided By Probate Attorneys
After the death of a loved one, the task of matters involving the estates of the person is a hard one. A probate lawyer is hired in such incidences.
In hiring the lawyers, there are two types transactional attorneys and litigators. The work of transactional probate attorneys is to take care of the administrative work of the case while the lawsuits are handled by probate litigators.
The transactional attorney is hired in the event that a loved one has passed on and you want to commence the probate process.
A litigator comes in handy when one wishes to challenge the will, wants to change the executor or the lawyer who is currently handling the probate.
The overall duties of a probate lawyer are; assets are secured both probate and non probate, they help in obtaining both value and conduct appraisals for all of the assets, documentation of all matters concerning the probate, they collect and secure life insurance proceeds if there were any, they have a hand in advising and execution of final payments of bills, a checking account is handled by them for taxes involving the estate and inheritance, they give advice on pension accounts among other accounts, they act as a means of dispute resolution if it occurs among the representatives involving the estate, appears and handles court proceedings, handles the transfer of deeds of the properties to the beneficiaries in the event that they are not sold, advise on the sale of the property and finally distribution of the remaining estates.
It is important to keep in mind that the lawyer may either handle both aspects of being a transactional and litigation probate lawyer or specializes in a certain field.
One has to choose a lawyer that knows the probate work and also the laws that might affect it as well.
The things to look at when choosing the right attorney for the job is such as the expertise of the attorney, the recommendations and references, reviews, looking at the country or state’s bar association, experience, the retainer agreement, meeting up with the lawyer, customer service and intuition.
Online search results yield the reviews and quality of service, recommendations, experience and references on the attorneys. It is simpler and easier to make the best choice in the attorney when there is good supporting evidence from the information search done online on the probate attorney. State or bar association website can also be looked into to find out the relative information concerning the qualified probate lawyers and the best ones that you can hire.
The meeting with the lawyer serves to clarify some questions the client may have and also see the attention they have towards the client.
Your instinct should guide you to making the right choice.