You knew that you’d be taking care of your mother’s estate when she died, but you didn’t expect it to be so complicated. You feel like you’re in over your head. In your situation, you may want to talk with your attorney about getting support.

A probate attorney understands the steps of the probate process and will help you by advising you throughout the probate process. Your attorney may be able to help you if the estate is facing a will contest or other litigation as well.

How does a probate attorney help the estate’s representative?

As the estate’s representative, you may be overwhelmed by the tasks that you’ve been given. Your attorney is there to help. They can assist with:

  • Assisting with the sale of property belonging to the estate
  • Distributing assets from the estate to beneficiaries and heirs
  • Determining if taxes are owed and, if so, paying taxes to the appropriate recipients
  • Obtaining appraisals for property

Your attorney may also help with settling disputes that arise during probate and will be able to talk to you about the various actions that you need to complete in accordance with the state’s laws. 

Many people ask if working with an attorney is necessary, and for most, they do. Settling an estate can be a complex process. Though some executors do it without legal guidance, there is always a chance that problems could crop up that are difficult to handle. Any legal issues, like will contests or litigation, may require support from an attorney, so that you can better protect the estate and the assets it holds. 

If you’re not sure if you want to work with an attorney or not, then you should take more time to learn about probate. Our website has more information about the probate process and what you can expect.