Consulting an attorney after the loss of a loved one may seem unnecessary, especially if the person left a will and had a traditional estate. However, securing legal counsel can make a big difference in the lives of those affected by the loss.
In fact, an attorney can be much more than a legal representative.
An attorney can be a guide
More than likely, families will go through probate proceedings to legitimize a will and distribute assets. This process can be complicated, confusing and intimidating and it can be difficult for individuals to navigate on their own. An attorney who is experienced in this process can guide families through this process and help them avoid costly missteps.
An attorney can be an advocate
During probate, the courts focus on the wishes of the decedent and complying with laws. This can leave loved ones feeling as though they do not have a voice in this process. An attorney can work on behalf of loved ones to ensure any objections, concerns and special requests are appropriately represented to the courts.
An attorney can be a manager
Unfortunately, there is a lot of paperwork and several legal steps required after someone passes away. For people who are grieving, it can be impossible to stay on top of the deadlines, contacts and financial requirements that may be involved. An attorney has the resources you may not to manage these demands.
People often need much more than information about the law after the loss of a loved one; they may also need a guide, an advocate and a manager. An attorney experienced in Florida probate matters can fill these roles.