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Why do you need a lawyer after the death of a spouse or parent?

On Behalf of | Apr 23, 2021 | Estate Planning

After a spouse or a parent passes, navigating the probate process can be extremely complicated. Even when someone has a will in place, there are many logistical issues and legal matters involved with administrating an estate.

Getting legal counsel can help remove a lot of the uncertainty and difficulty from this challenging time. Professional assistance with probate to advocate for you and your family’s interests will help assure that everything goes as it should.

Get the answers you need

You will likely have a lot of questions about what is going to happen and what needs immediate attention. You should not have to scour the internet to get information from unreliable sources. You want to talk to a knowledgeable and trustworthy person who will thoroughly answer your questions about Pennsylvania’s probate laws. Your lawyer can explain what you need to do and when.

Evaluate assets and obligations

A lawyer can help you inventory real and personal property as well as financial liabilities. Legal assistance in this area helps to prevent oversight.

Be ready to address claims

After a person passes, there could be several types of claims against his or her estate. Creditors can make claims for outstanding debt. It is also possible that someone may try to challenge your loved one’s final wishes. Legal counsel will help you assess the validity of specific claims against the estate and respond appropriately.

There may be a lot of work in the aftermath of a loss, and you should not have to shoulder the burden alone. Working with reputable counsel will offer you and your family considerable peace of mind.