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3 Reasons to Hire a Probate Attorney

If you are an executor of an estate, you hopefully take the job seriously enough to want to do the best possible thing – and to ensure that all your actions are in accordance with Florida law.

This can be a primary motivation for trying to do everything yourself, thinking you will be saving the estate money in the long run. And while some simple estates can be administered without any professional help, there are three instances when it is in the best interest of an executor to hire a probate attorney:

When there is family discord. Disagreements among family members over an estate can prove to be a major headache for an estate administrator. If there is a potential for a will contest – a process that can drain assets from the estate and take a long time to settle – it will be better for all involved to involve an experienced probate lawyer.

When there is a lot of debt. If the estate is financially sound, an executor will usually be able to satisfy all debts. However, if an estate cannot pay its debts, the executor may find it difficult to make decisions about who gets paid what. The law does give certain creditors priority over others, and a probate attorney can help you discern which debts should be paid first.

When the estate includes a business. If the estate contains a business, it complicates the process – and the more complicated things get, the more you need professional guidance. Business assets will likely need to be valued, managed or sold off, and you will welcome professional help if this is the case.

The Dorcey Law Firm, PLC, focuses on estate planning and administration for Florida residents. Contact our Fort Myers law firm for your free consultation.

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