February 20, 2014 by generationsprobate
You’ve just experienced a heartbreaking loss with the passing of a loved one. Now, all potential beneficiaries may need to turn to a probate court to execute the will of your loved one. Legal proceedings involving wills and estates can be overwhelming, especially at this time, so it would be practical to solicit the services of an experienced probate attorney. Below are some factors to consider to determine if you need to hire a probate lawyer:
In California, property values not exceeding $150,000 qualify for small estate procedures. Small estates can be distributed through a simpler probate procedure or an affidavit, which removes the more complex process and makes it convenient for you and the other beneficiaries.
Conflict among family members is inevitable, and it can only be resolved if they consult a legal counsel immediately. Probate lawsuits can destroy family relationships and drain a lot of money from the estate if not resolved promptly and collaboratively.
It would also be practical to hire a seasoned probate attorney if you know that most of your assets include vehicles, bank accounts, businesses, and other highly sensitive properties that require special handling.
Since debt is part of a person’s estate, it’s possible that you need to pay any outstanding debts left by your deceased family member or relative. However, if there is not enough money in the estate for debts and taxes, take the initiative to get legal counsel to properly handle the situation.