Dealing with someone’s property after death can be a time consuming, stressful process. If you are the executor of an estate, you might be tempted to try to get through the process without professional assistance. While that is an option in simple cases, many factors can make administering an estate without a lawyer virtually impossible. Here are three situations when you should probably hire a probate attorney.
The Estate Is in Debt
If the estate has enough money to cover all its bills, you can likely simply write checks to settle its debts. On the other hand, if the estate’s debts exceed its assets, you probably want to hire a lawyer to help you determine which debts you legally must pay and how to address the remaining obligations.
The Heirs Are Fighting
If nobody objects to the administration of the estate, you might be able to wrap things up easily. If surviving family members are unhappy, though, they might file a legal action requesting a court to intervene. If that happens, you probably want to hire a probate lawyer to represent the best interests of the estate.
The Estate Owns a Business
Wrapping up a business is significantly more complicated than merely settling an estate. As such, if the estate owns a business or an interest in a company, you likely want to hire an experienced probate attorney to help you execute the estate.
While there are many instances in which you probably need the counsel of a probate attorney, if you experience any of these three situations, you will know to seek professional assistance. Contact Kisner Law Firm to find the right probate lawyer for your case.