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Probate lawyers work with the executors and beneficiaries of the estate of the deceased to help provide a smooth transfer of property. Probate attorneys generally become involved when assets are not being transferred by either beneficiary designation or under the terms of a trust.

Benefits of a Probate Attorney

By hiring a probate attorney, you will receive assistance in the following areas:


  • Collecting proceeds from life insurance policies

  • Identifying and securing estate assets

  • Obtaining appraisals for the decedent’s real property

  • Assisting in the payment of bills and debts

  • Preparing and filing all documents required by a probate court

  • Working with tax professionals to determine if any estate or inheritance taxes are due

  • Managing the estate checking account

  • Transferring assets in the decedent’s name to the appropriate beneficiaries

  • Making a final disbursement of assets to beneficiaries after all bills and taxes have been paid

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