When you are the executor of an estate, you will need to be sure that the details and specifications of the will of the deceased are carried out according to their wishes. While many people will advise that your first step is to hire an attorney, it may not always be required that you take steps to do so. Unless you are dealing with a particularly complicated or large estate, you may not need to retain the services of an experienced probate attorney.
Wondering if you need to hire a probate lawyer?
There is a simple way that you can determine whether or not retaining the services of a probate attorney is right for you. If any of these questions cannot be answered or if you find yourself answering many of these questions with a no, consider calling the Law Office of Benjamin Hancock to help.
- Are there ways for property to be distributed outside of probate?
- Do all family members get along?
- Is the estate small enough to avoid state and federal taxes?
- Can you follow small estate procedures for the property?
- Do you know the probate process in New Mexico?
- Are common assets only included in the estate?
- Can debts be paid with the money in the estate?
The more complicated that the probate process is, the more likely that you will need the help of an attorney. This both includes the types of property that is being distributed and how New Mexico laws apply to its distribution and how the family of the deceased is making the process out to be.
If you are the executor of an estate and would be more comfortable with the help of a probate lawyer or if the probate process is too difficult to handle on your own, speak with an experienced member of our New Mexico probate law firm. With over 20 years of experience, we have helped numerous clients across the state with their probate and estate planning needs. Schedule a consultation today!