Losing a family member or loved one is never an easy thing. Once the person has passed away, the probate process kicks in. This is a legal process used to collect and manage all the assets of the person who has deceased. There are debts and taxes to pay plus property to be distributed to those the deceased designated. Navigating the legalities while you are still trying to grieve your own loss can be difficult. This is the main reason people consider hiring a Queens’s probate lawyer. For many people, handling the estate of a deceased family member is their first experience with the probate system. Here are five things to do before meeting with your Queens Probate lawyer.