I lost a relative recently, and his estate has to go through probate. It is a moderate estate, with enough funds to pay the attorney and leave plenty of assets for the beneficiaries. I don’t believe that there will be any contests on the estate, do I still need to hire a lawyer?
The law does not mandate you to hire a probate attorney to settle your estate. The average simple estate can be handled with a few guidelines, and you will be done. However, you never know when complications arise, which means that having an attorney is the best bet to successfully settling the estate the right way.
Even simple estates turn out to be complicated in one way or another. You end up spending a lot of time and money executing the estate. A lawyer can reduce the time and costs associated with the whole process.
Let us look at the situations when you need a lawyer to assist you with your estate: