A probate lawyer is a state licensed attorney who, through years of mentoring, continuing legal education and experience, understands how to advise a Personal Representative, also known as Executor, and the beneficiary of an estate on how to settle all of the final affairs of a deceased person, known as a decedent. You can hire Ventura Probate Administration Attorneys via Bartlett & Herrington, P.C.
What Does a Probate Lawyer Do?
A probate lawyer, also known as an estate lawyer or an estate attorney, is responsible for taking a Personal Representative through the entire probate process from start to finish. The steps involved in probating an estate depends on the probate laws of the state where the decedent lived at the time of death as well as any other states where the decedent owned real estate.
The steps required for probate will differ based on whether the decedent died testate, meaning with a valid Last Will and Testament, or intestate, meaning without a valid Last Will and Testament. Therefore, the probate lawyer must be well versed in the probate laws of the states where the lawyer is licensed to practice.
A probate lawyer needs to be hired in order to advise the beneficiary of an estate on legal and other matters presented to the beneficiary by the Personal Representative during the course of the probate process. This usually happens if the beneficiary doesn't get along with or know the Personal Representative very well.
Some probate lawyers specialize in representing Personal Representatives and beneficiaries of an estate who become involved in separate lawsuits related to the decedent's estate or when a beneficiary challenges the validity of the decedent's Last Will and Testament through a will contest.
These types of attorneys are known as estate litigators, probate litigators, or estate and trust litigators.