Closing out a loved one's estate in California or elsewhere can be an overwhelming task. There are a lot of little details that require attention, and any mistakes made along the way could cost the executor and beneficiaries in the long run. If probate is necessary, which is likely in most cases, you may not know where to start or what to do. Thankfully, this is not something you have to tackle alone.
Going through the probate process in order to close out an estate can be rather time-consuming. The executor is responsible for making sure all assets are accounted for, beneficiaries and creditors are notified of the decedent's death, taxes get paid and any claims made against the estate are addressed. As you can imagine, a number of legal issues can arise in doing all of this. If you are not familiar with state laws, it can be difficult to know how to handle them.
How can an attorney help with probate? While it is true that you do not need an attorney to get through the probate process, having one at your side can prove valuable in a number of ways. Legal counsel can assist the executor in properly fulfilling his or her role in the process, help file all the necessary paperwork and tackle any claims filed against the estate -- among a variety of other things. To learn more about the role an attorney can play in the probate process, please visit our firm's website.
In California and elsewhere, probate can take months or even longer, depending on the complexity of the estate in question. Working through it can be emotionally exhausting, especially if you are doing it alone. Having legal counsel at your side throughout the process can help you get through it as quickly as possible, all while avoiding any costly errors.