Hiring a probate lawyer may be one of the most important steps of the execution of an estate plan. Continue reading and reach out to our experienced and dedicated Butler County probate attorneys today to discuss your options. We are on your side no matter what.
What is a probate lawyer?
A probate attorney is a state-licensed lawyer that closely works with the executors and the beneficiaries of an estate to resolve the legal matters of a decedent. In special circumstances, probate can be avoided entirely if all the decedent’s assets have been placed in a trust. A trust can supply an easy transfer of property outside of court and legal proceedings.
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What does a probate lawyer do?
A probate lawyer has several responsibilities. Some of the common duties a probate lawyer has to assist an executor and beneficiaries during the probate process include the following:
- Gathering proceeds from life insurance policies
- Getting appraisals for the decedent’s real property
- Helping in the payment of bills and debts
- Preparing and filing all documents required by a probate court
- Recognizing and securing estate assets
- Deciding if any estate or inheritance taxes are due, and making sure those debts are satisfied
- Resolving income tax issues
- Managing the estate checking account
- Transferring assets in the decedent’s name to the appropriate beneficiaries
- Making a final distribution of assets to beneficiaries after all bills and taxes have been paid
What are the differences between a probate lawyer and an estate lawyer?
A probate lawyer is also referred to as an estate attorney and is generally involved in many ways depending on the individual circumstances of that estate. Their involvement usually heavily relies on the worth of the decedent’s assets and whether or not they had a last will and testament at the time they passed away. In circumstances where no will exists, beneficiaries will likely file claims and pursue legal action to obtain what they believe they are authorized to. In cases where there is a will, challenges may arise as to the validity of the will, also causing possible litigation.
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