A probate lawyer from Mah Law Office can help executors as much as needed in estate administration. Our estate lawyers also help families and administrators deal with estates when someone has died without a will (called intestate). The process is the same for both situations, but much more frustrating without a will.
Handling an estate is often an overwhelming task, made especially difficult as the executor is typically also grieving at this time. What’s worse, personal liability can fall on an executor for making mistakes while administering an estate. This makes it crucial for executors to obtain legal advice from the start from an experienced probate lawyer.
At a consultation meeting with one of our probate lawyers, executors will get fully educated on what needs to be done and how to do it. At that meeting, executors can choose to either hire the probate lawyer for further work on the estate or choose to take the advice and try to do everything themselves. Most of the time, executors choose to hire the estate lawyer to apply for probate on their behalf.
Even if an application for probate is not required, many of the same steps outside of this process are needed. Of course, our probate lawyers can help with any of these essential steps. For a list of some of the things a probate lawyer can help with, please click here.
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How we help with probate
- Advising on the estate administration process – we can lay out every step of the process for you
- Advising on the validity of a will
- Drafting and filing probate or administration documents with the Court
- Drafting and sending standard letters to banks, government agencies and other relevant organizations
- Locating the deceased’s assets
- Locating the deceased’s next-of-kin
- Liaising with tax accountants regarding the final T1 and the subsequent T3 tax returns
- Filing a wills notice search and a notice to creditors
- Helping the executor present their accounts to the beneficiaries
- Drafting and sending all the necessary correspondence and releases to the beneficiaries or heirs prior to the distribution of the estate
- Passing the executor’s accounts before the court