Do you need help understanding how to distribute the assets and settle the debts of a person who has died? Probate court establishes whether a will is valid, identifies any heirs, pays any debts (including taxes), and allocates an estate's assets, whether or not the deceased person had a will. Because this process is overseen by a separate court, you need the help of an experienced attorney.
GetLegal's Attorney Directory can put you in touch with lawyers in your area who can guide you through the probate process.
How do I choose a lawyer?
Consider the following:
- Are you comfortable telling the lawyer personal information? Does the lawyer seem interested in solving your problem?
- How long has the lawyer been in practice? Has the lawyer worked on other cases similar to yours?
- How are the lawyer's fees structured - hourly or flat fee? Can the lawyer estimate the cost of your case?
- Is the lawyer's office conveniently located near you?