Three Reasons a Lawyer Should Settle Your Estate
By Lee Carpenter |
When a loved one has died, the shock and sorrow of their loss may quickly lead to another emotional jolt—the prospect of having to settle their estate. Being named personal representative (executor) under someone’s will is both an honor and a burden. The process usually takes several months. There will likely be financial accounts to marshal, real estate to deal with, bills and taxes to pay, and probate filings to prepare—all at an emotionally difficult time.
For many personal representatives, their first question is “How can I get out of this?”
The good news is that a probate attorney can provide the necessary support and expertise to ensure that the estate is managed efficiently.
Lee Carpenter is a Maryland attorney whose practice focuses on estate planning and administration, trusts, and general business and corporate law. His estate-planning work includes a special emphasis on the unique needs of same-sex couples… More
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Your estate is too important to leave to chance. Choose an attorney who understands your needs on a personal level, and protect the people you care about most.
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