Almost 70% of Americans do not have an up to date will so it’s no surprise that many people think they don’t have the need for a probate attorney. Most people believe because the deceased didn’t leave behind a wealth of assets that they have no need to hire a probate attorney to move probate along but hiring a probate lawyer may be necessary in a few situations that don’t include a lot of valuable assets being left behind.
If you are unsure whether or not to hire a probate attorney, ask yourself these questions below to better determine your needs. If you find based on your answers that you need one, hire a reputable Probate attorney Katy TX
and let them guide you through the probate process.
Can you use your states “small estate” procedures to handle the estate? The best scenario for a small estate would be to stay out of probate but if that isn’t possible you can see if the estate in question qualifies for your states’ small estate procedures to handle the estate. These procedures and qualifications are different for each state so you will have to find out if the estate qualifies under your specific state rules. If it does it is usually handled out of court with something as simple as a sworn affidavit presented to the person or entity holding the asset. In many states even larger estates can use this process on non-probate assets, but you will need to check with your local state laws to determine if the estate in question qualifies for this non-probate handling of the assets.