An estate probate lawyer can help surviving family members distribute your assets and settle your debts after you pass away, even if you do not have a will. Generally speaking, an estate probate lawyer, often referred to as a trust lawyer, helps the executor of an estate (or the administrator if a will does not exist) successfully manage the probate process through to completion. An estate probate lawyer can also help draft living trusts and wills and advise on powers of attorney during the estate planning process.
While the probate process does go smoother when a will is drafted by the decedent before their death, an estate probate lawyer can still be helpful to advise the executor on a variety of legal matters. For example, the attorney may look over the will to make sure it was not written or signed under duress. A probate lawyer may also perform any of the following tasks during the probate process:
- Collect life insurance proceeds and manage them appropriately
- Take responsibility for appraising the decedent’s property
- Find and secure the assets of the decedent
- Give advice on how to pay the decedent’s bills and settle their debts
- Prepare and file any documents required by the probate court
- Manage the estate checkbook
- Determine if the estate owes any taxes
If you require the assistance of an estate probate lawyer, please reach out to us at NorthPointe Law Group. As a firm with tremendous experience with estate planning and probate, we are prepared to provide the reliable, tenacious service you are looking for.