Q: Why is it so important for an executor to hire an attorney when handling a probate?

by | Apr 12, 2023 | Q&A, Trust And Estate Administration |

A: Probate can be a daunting process, and it’s important to have an experienced probate team to guide you through it. An attorney can help ensure all legal requirements are met, minimize potential disputes, reduce tax liabilities, and protect assets from potential creditors. As a personal representative, you have a legal duty to act in the best interests of the estate and its beneficiaries. If you fail to fulfill this duty or make mistakes, you can be held personally liable for any losses. To reduce your potential liability, it’s important to seek guidance from an experienced attorney, who can assist you in keeping detailed records of all financial transactions, communicating regularly with the beneficiaries, and fulfilling your fiduciary duties. By taking these necessary steps, you can ensure that the probate process runs smoothly and that the estate’s assets are distributed correctly and in accordance with the rigors of the law.