Most people think that estate planning is something you can put off until you're older. I always try to remind my clients that you may not be able to predict the future, but you can always plan for it. Whether you're just starting a family or just starting to plan your retirement, there's no time better than the present to begin preparing an estate plan.
Here at the Winston Law Center, we specialize in providing high-quality estate planning services that can help you ensure that the needs of you and your family are taken care of. From drafting and signing a will, to establishing a family trust or powers of attorney, I have the knowledge and experience to help you protect what matters most and preserve your legacy.
I also have extensive experience helping clients navigate the complicated process of probate, and can assist with the process of assessing the value of assets, paying off debts, and distributing property.
Do I Really Need a Probate Attorney?
Like most legal situations, you're not required to have an attorney, but having one can make the entire process a lot simpler. The purpose of probate is to prevent fraud when handling the estate after someone dies. Probate allows the courts to freeze the estate until a judge can appoint an executor, identify and appraise all assets of the estate, and notify all relevant individuals who stand to be named as a beneficiary.
If you have been named by the court to act as the executor of an estate, it will be your responsibility to gather all of the assets of the estate, have them appraised, sell the assets to pay off all debts and taxes owed by the estate, and distribute any remaining property to the beneficiaries. The larger the estate, the more complex and time-consuming the process can be. Working with an attorney can not only simplify the process, but it can also ensure that every last detail is accounted for before the estate is closed. As an experienced probate attorney, I can walk you through the process step by step, and answer all of your questions along the way.