Although it is never pleasant to think about the matters your loved ones will have to handle when you die, it is important to take the time to review your estate and make sure it is prepared for probate. The probate court will decide how all of your personal property should be divided and distributed. Here are three reasons why you should hire an experienced probate attorney to guide you through the legal process.
Reason #1: Drafting Your Will
If you want to pass your assets to your loved ones, you need to include a will in your estate plan. An attorney can make sure your will is properly drafted to include all of your designated beneficiaries. A lawyer can also prepare your will for probate so that the court will deem it is valid after you pass away.
Reason #2: Avoid Family Conflict
One of the most common reasons clients come to us is to resolve family disputes that arise during the probate process. If you want your estate to be distributed without any issues or arguments between your loved ones, you need to consult with a lawyer to review the terms of your will and determine which estate planning tools can reduce family tensions during probate.
Reason #3: Protect Your Estate From Legal Claims
Your family members aren’t the only people who might try to file a legal claim against your estate. You also need to protect your assets and property from creditor claims and will contests. A lawyer can provide you with the legal protections you need to deter nefarious parties from taking advantage of your estate after you die.
Are you ready to speak to our lawyers at Fitzpatrick Mariano Santos Sousa P.C. about what we can do to prepare your estate for probate? Give us a call today at (203) 583-8299 to set up your free consultation.