Hello. My name is Randa Vieira and I am one of the attorneys at SKV. Today I would like to talk to you about what you need to know before you hire a probate attorney.
When a loved one passes away, the last thing on your mind should be how to deal with their estate. You should give that job to a probate attorney. Whether the loved one left a will or not, an attorney experienced in probate and real estate law will help you through this overwhelming and stressful life event by guiding you through the probate process from beginning to end.
If your loved one left a will, that means that the probate attorney will work with you to determine whether it is valid and will then help you administer it. If your loved one did not leave a will, the probate attorney will help you through the entire probate process: from identifying estate assets and beneficiaries to distributing assets and inheritances.
A probate attorney should be familiar with Utah law and local probate courts, and will put her expertise to work for you by:
Locating all probate and non-probate assets of the deceased person;
Obtaining values and appraisals for all assets and properties belonging to the estate;
Preparing, reviewing, and filing court documents;
Collecting and managing life insurance payouts and retirement plans such as IRAs and 401(k)s;
Managing existing bank accounts and paying all the estate’s final bills and debts;
Handling estate taxes and inheritance taxes at both the federal and state levels in addition to any income tax issues;
Settling disputes between interested parties that may arise during the probate process;
Requesting court permission for various actions as required by Utah law;
Managing the sale of estate property;
Distributing all the estate’s assets after all debts have been paid and the probate process completed.
In addition, a probate attorney should also be sympathetic to your needs, available to answer your questions and respond to your requests, and speak your language. When emotions are running high after a loved one passes away, you need an attorney who can patiently explain the probate process to you and guide you through it while providing top-notch legal service. That’s what we offer at SKV Legal. Give us a call today.