When it comes to a person’s will, administering their estate and dealing with the possibility of probate, there are many legal steps that need to be followed. For example, with a will, a personal representative must be selected by the individual. This representative will suddenly have a lot of responsibility.
With the actual administration and execution of the estate, there will be many people who consider themselves beneficiaries (or, at least, they think they are) and they could be disappointed if they aren’t as much of a part of the estate as they would have liked.
And when it comes to probate, the legal process can affect a family’s finances in a more profound way than anyone could imagine.
Whether you are the personal representative, or a potential beneficiary, or embroiled in probate, you will most likely need some legal help to get you through these complicated legal times.
If you are the personal representative, you will be in charge with collecting assets and paying off debts of the individual whose estate is in question — in addition to having many other duties. If you are a potential beneficiary, then you have a lot at stake when the will is executed. If you are dealing with probate, there could be a lot of time and money on the line for you and yours.
In all of these situations, an attorney with experience dealing with estate plans, probate and all of the complications that can arise as a result of them can help an individual or an entire family.