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The death of a loved one is never an easy thing to deal with, but it can be made more difficult when you must deal with their estate’s affairs. This occurs during a process known as probate, which will require the validation of the decedent’s will and administering their estate. If you must handle these matters, having guidance and support from an experienced attorney can make a difference.
Adler Law has more than 50 years of experience representing clients in probate matters. The cases we’ve handled have ranged from routine to complex, and we are comfortable and capable to handle whatever you’re up against. Our goal is to guide you through your probate matter by rendering personalized legal services that can help you achieve your goal or the best possible outcome.
Do I Really Need a Probate Lawyer?
You aren’t legally required to hire counsel, but you’ll probably want to anyway. If you’re like most people, it’s likely you’re feeling a little overwhelmed about everything going on right now. This is normal, especially because the death of a loved one doesn’t particularly mix well with confronting unfamiliar legal issues. This is where hiring a probate attorney to support you comes in handy.
If you’re named as the executor in someone’s will, you will be charged with a number of important tasks concerning the decedent’s estate. You will also have a fiduciary duty to the heirs of the estate, which means you can be held personally responsible for any mistakes or misdeeds you make during this process.
We don’t share this information to scare you into seeking an attorney – we share it because, in our experience, too many clients come to us after realizing they were in way over their heads and needed professional assistance. Our representation has helped many people deal with the probate of their loved ones’ estates while minimizing their exposure to liability.
What Is Involved with Probate?
“Probate” really refers to the validation of the decedent’s will by a judge, but it also involves the administration of someone’s estate.
We mentioned earlier that the executor has important tasks to carry out. The following are among them:
- Filing for probate with the court, using the decedent’s original will and certified death certificate
- Identifying all of the estate’s property
- Appraising the total value of the estate
- Managing and investing estate assets
- Paying debts claimed against the estate
- Filing a final tax return and paying estate taxes
- Distributing remaining property to the decedent’s heirs, according to the will
All of these tasks and others are closely monitored by the court, so making a critical mistake isn’t an option. You don’t have to worry, though, when you hire our probate lawyer in Roslyn to provide competent and experienced legal advice and services!
Schedule a Consultation to Learn More
If you wish to learn more about your role during probate and how Adler Law can help you through this process, reach out to us today and request a consultation.
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