Whether or not the estate needs to be administed in a probate proceeding, a probate attorney can help in many ways. For one thing, the probate attorney can help you file the decedent's will. Most states have laws that state that the decedent's will must be filed with the district court within a certain amount of time (typically 10 days) even if there is no estate administration. The attorney can also help you file the necessary paperwork with the probate court to administer the estate. You will also need the attorney's (and typically an accountant's) help with the actual estate administration, even if all the assets can pass without a formal probate proceeding. Additionally, the attorney is there for you if any legal complications arise in probate. Find a probate attorney in your area to find out other ways he or she can help you.
This article is intended to be helpful and informative. But even common legal matters can become complex and stressful. A qualified probate lawyer can address your particular legal needs, explain the law, and represent you in court. Take the first step now and contact a local probate attorney to discuss your specific legal situation.