What Do California Probate Law Firms Do?
If it is not necessary to hire a lawyer for probate, then why do California probate law firms exist? The short answer is that some people need them. Part of the purpose of probate is to allow creditors and long-lost relatives to attempt to collect the debts or inheritance that they believe they are owed from the estate. Sometimes families get into intense conflicts about inheritance during a wealthy relative’s final illness. For example, one sibling might try to isolate their ailing, widowed father from the other siblings. When the family patriarch dies, the other siblings might allege that the sibling who isolated him while his health was failing pressured him into modifying his will in a way that did not truly reflect his wishes. This is a genuine legal dispute in which it makes sense to hire a lawyer.
Undue influence (the scenario described above, where someone pressures or manipulates a terminally ill person into changing his or her will) is only one issue that can complicate probate. California Probate law firms can help if any of these other issues apply to the estate you are representing in probate:
- The deceased person used to spend part of the year in California and part of the year in another state and owned property in both states. Therefore, there is some question about which state’s courts should handle the probate of the estate.
- Someone alleges that the will has been forged.
- You want to reopen an estate that has already settled.
- The deceased person’s debts exceed their assets.
By contrast, if you are just following the court’s instructions to satisfy the requirements of probate, and there are no disputes, then paying a lawyer’s hourly rate is a waste of money, especially if the lawyer is going to farm most of the work out to paralegals while still charging a hefty hourly rate.
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