Probate Lawyers

Why hire a Probate attorney?

A probate attorney will help you plan the distribution of a person's property and money after death. The services a probate attorney provides include determining how assets will be distributed, payment of debts and taxes according to the will, filing necessary motions, and making arguments in court should the will be contested. The cost of hiring a probate lawyer is usually paid by estate assets before inheritors receive anything.

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A probate attorney's fees for a typical, uncomplicated estate with a gross value of $400,000 can amount to $20,000 or more.
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