What is a probate lawyer?
When you die, you will leave behind debts and assets that your surviving family members will have to deal with. It’s best for all concerned if you leave behind a will or an estate plan. A probate lawyer will help the survivors manage your estate once you are gone. They can also help in drafting a will or a living trust, create powers of attorney, or even serve as executor of your estate.
If you leave behind a will, a probate lawyer may be hired to ensure it is valid and was not signed under duress.
Responsibilities of a Probate Lawyer
A probate attorney might also be responsible for any of the following tasks:
- Locating all of the decedent’s assets
- Having all of the decedent’s assets valued
- Managing life insurance proceeds
- Handling bills and debts
- Dealing with tax returns
- Managing bank accounts for the estate
- Filing court documents as needed
If you die without leaving behind a will, your assets will be divided according to state laws, and a probate attorney might also be hired to handle the distribution of property. Contact Robert M. Kaplan, an experienced probate lawyer in Schaumburg, IL, if you have questions about wills, trusts, or any other end-of-life legal matters.