Before you hire a probate attorney, Escondido, you have to ask yourself this fundamental question: Do I need to hire one? To answer that, first, you must understand the role of a lawyer in a probate process. In that way, you can weigh things and arrive at your most intelligent decision.
A probate attorney, Escondido, can help you with the following in the probate process:
Collect proceeds from life insurance policies
Assist in the payment of bills and debts
Identify and secure estate assets
Obtain appraisals for the decedent’s real property
Prepare and file all documents required by a probate court
Determine if any estate or inheritance taxes are due, and making sure to address those debts
Settle income tax issues
Manage the estate checking account
Transfer assets in the decedent’s name to the appropriate beneficiaries
Make a final disbursement of assets to beneficiaries after settling all bills and taxes
Things to consider when hiring a probate attorney:
Industry experience – How long has the probate attorney been in business? If he has been in the industry for decades now, then most likely, he has mastered the art of dealing with people in the legal arena.
Client reviews/feedback – They say reading reviews, and getting feedback from previous clients, is one of the most effective ways to learn more about a legal service provider. So, what are the past clients saying? If you get more negative feedback than good ones, then you have a compelling reason to find another prospect.
Charges – Some lawyers charge you a flat fee; others a percentage, which is usually based on the gross (not net) value of the estate. So, figure out the number and act accordingly.
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