What is a Probate Lawyer?
A probate lawyer, also known as an estate attorney, is an attorney who specializes in handling estate matters. A probate lawyer provides important services and skills in the days, weeks, months, and years following the passing of a loved one.
After an individual passes, there is often a significant amount of important work to resolve the affairs and the estate of the deceased. A probate lawyer will be able to take care of both the mundane daily work as well as the significant legal issues including different filings, determinations, legal analysis, and conflict management that can often become necessary. This includes requirements such as filing the will with the court in what in known as probate. During the probate process the court will look into the will of the decedent and determine if it is valid. If there is no will when the individual passed, probate will supervise the distribution of the estate per Pennsylvania law.
The bureaucracy and requirements surrounding an individual’s passing can often become so complex and confusing that an executor or other agent acting without the help of a probate lawyer can become lost, miss important requirements, and even cause conflict between the beneficiaries. The probate lawyer can offer assistance as well as not only filing the will with the court so that probate can be completed, but also identifying and administering the assets, evaluating the estate’s property, satisfying debts and taxes against the estate, distributing the assets, and handling any contests to the will. When a will is contested, this will can easily cause significant strife or even tear apart families. With a probate lawyer administering the estate, much of the strife will be reduced as a neutral third party, experienced in the concerns and issues that often arise with estate distribution, can provide a neutral and fair third party perspective.
Advising and Assisting an Executor
A probate lawyer can also provide reasoned assistance and advice to an executor of an estate. It when an executor tries to go it alone in administering the estate, the confusing documents, requirements, timeline, and other requirements can quickly overwhelm even the most dedicated executor. A probate lawyer can help an executor through the process as well as prevent infighting between family members who are not getting along or disagree on any aspect of the estate. The help of a probate lawyer may not only save the relationships, but could protect the parties against significant legal fees and costs by helping prevent litigation of the matter.
Fee Schedule Structure
At KM&A we are dedicated to giving you great service at a reasonable price. As such, for our probate lawyer services we follow the widely accepted fee schedule utilized in Pennsylvania that adjusts based on the size and structure of the estate. Contact KM&A for more details on how a KM&A experienced probate lawyer can assist you.
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