No one can prepare you for the feelings you’ll experience after the death of a loved one. Along with grief and sadness, you may feel overwhelmed by the responsibilities of settling your loved one’s estate. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed, stressed out, and guilty for taking away time from grieving to deal with the legalities of probate. Fortunately, you don’t have to go through the probate process alone. With the help of a probate attorney, you can take the burden of settling your loved one’s estate off your shoulders by assigning many of the probate tasks to your hired legal support. This can dramatically increase the speed of the probate process while giving you more time to heal.
Probate is the legal process of settling a deceased person’s estate. This includes identifying and inventorying the assets of the deceased person, paying off any debts or taxes owed, and dividing the remaining assets among the heirs. The process can be very complex, especially if the estate is large or if there are disagreements among the beneficiaries. However, if there is a will in place, the probate process is traditionally much faster after obtaining approval from the court on the will’s validity.
If you are named as the executor in a will, you have up to one year after the person’s death to file probate and settle the estate in California. This may seem like a long time, but it’s important to remember that probate is a complex legal process. It can take several months of hard work to settle an estate. There is no possibility of contacting an attorney days before the deadline and trying to “rush” through the process. It is highly recommended that you start the probate process as soon as possible to avoid any unnecessary delays.
Some key factors that indicate your probate process may take longer than usual:
If any of these items strike you as items that may apply to the estate you’re handling, it’s best to start the probate process as soon as possible after the death of your loved one.
You are not required to have a lawyer to help you with probate, but it is highly recommended to alleviate some of the historic pain points that have kept many loved ones from obtaining timely probate.
Some key benefits of working with a lawyer during probate include:
These are a few key reasons why you should consider working with a lawyer during probate.
If you have questions about how long you have to file probate after death or you need help with probate, contact Sweeney Probate Law. We are a highly specialized estate planning law firm with a narrow focus on probate law. We have extensive experience helping executors and beneficiaries execute the probate process successfully. Contact us today to begin consultation and see how we can help you.