Most consider creating a will to be an intimidating task, considering they need to face their future passing. That’s fair enough; nobody in particular wants to think about that. Nonetheless, it’s important to create a will to make the probate case go by more smoothly. Probate is the legal process about how to handle a person’s assets and debts after their death.
During the probate process, an attorney has to identify all of the deceased person’s belongings and appraise the items. Then, all of the debts need to be paid off by liquidating the deceased’s assets. After the debts are repaid, the remaining assets are distributed to the personnel addressed on the will. If the deceased has no will, assets will be divvied up between relatives.
These procedures are relatively routine because of laws, but issues can arise such as relatives disputing over who will get what. This is when attorneys will play a big role in advising clients through this process. These engagements can involve many people and lawyers, and cost can build quickly.
It is wise to review what assets you are fighting for and determine if the attorney and court fees are enough to justify fighting for the asset.
One of the best ways to avoid a big family feud when you pass is to have a will put into place. The conversation is never fun, but it is practical. No one can live forever, and as an adult you will own many things from homes, cars, boats, antiques, etc. It is smart to have a lawyer write the will for you to make sure there are no loopholes. There are also many other things to consider when discussing a will.
You should look into setting up a power of attorney in case you become incapacitated and need someone to make possible life and death decisions for you.
Contact us to talk about your need for a will or a probate case. At Hart Law Office, our attorneys have the experience and knowledge to assist you through the process of probating an estate while grieving for lost loved ones. We are sensitive to your emotional stress and treat you with the compassion and understanding you deserve during this difficult time.
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