What is a probate lawyer, and what is it that they do? This is the question that we are going to be tackling today. As the name implies, a probate lawyer works on probates of their clients. In situations like a Probate, I am sure one will need all the professional help he can get. For people who have relatives who own large properties and valuable possessions, you may one day find out how helpful a probate lawyer can be, helping you get through the dreaded process of a probate and prevent you from getting into problems with the probate process.
Now a probate lawyer is someone who becomes licensed to advise the representatives or executors of the family and beneficiaries of properties so as he will be guided and get through the long process of the probate and settle everything after the decedent has passed away and is passing on his possessions and properties to the beneficiaries.
A probate lawyer is also known as an Estate Lawyer to some. Basically the lawyer is given the responsibility of guiding the family’s or beneficiary’s representative as he is going through the process of the probate and finalize everything.
The job or the steps the probate lawyer takes to help the executor isn’t all the same. This is due to the different laws regarding the Probate which are passed in different states. Before he can begin, he must first check the state wherein his clients are residing are encompasses the properties and estates of the decedent. Just like the state of Florida where the probate process can take one of two processes both of which are allowed by the state taking into consideration the appraised value of the property of the deceased as well as the period since the person has passed.
Another thing that can affect the steps the Estate Lawyer must follow is whether the death of the decedent was testate or intestate. Someone who dies testate is able to write a last will and testament that is confirmed to be valid which can be used as a guide during the probate. On the other hand someone who dies intestate is unable to leave a will and testament. In situations where there is no will, the probate lawyer himself must be adept in the laws in the state that is concerned.
You should also know that the lawyer can be hired by the family and beneficiary of the decedent’s property to advise them on the legal matters as well as the matters that are discussed during the probate so that the family and beneficiaries may be well informed and be able to get what property is promised to them.
This kind of situation usually happens when the family and beneficiaries aren’t able to properly communicate with the executor named by the decedent or if they hardly know the representative and is looking for ways to be able to properly learn about what is going on during the probate process and understand the way of property distribution.