OGDEN & SALT LAKE CITY PROBATE ATTORNEY
The Role of a Probate Attorney
When a family suffers the loss of a loved one, getting their loved one’s affairs in order must be completed in a timely manner. A number of families are dealing with grief and stress associated with losing a loved one. Making hard decisions during this difficult time is normally the last thing on their minds. Ammon Nelson Law, PLLC, will assist families going through the difficult process of settling a loved one’s estate.
Why Hire a Probate Attorney?
Is hiring a probate attorney the best decision when settling an estate? Lawyers are normally brought into the mix when family members start to disagree with the way the estate is being settled. The estate must be settled in a timely manner, or the assets of the loved one can be claimed by the state. The executor often hires the probate attorney if their family members disagree with the way they are handling the estate.
It is important to remember the probate attorney will only protect the interests of the individual they have been hired by. Normally the attorney is hired by the executor, and they focus on making sure the other parties come to a mutual agreement. Hiring a skilled probate attorney is one of the first step’s to take when settling a loved one’s estate.
Is There a Will?
There are some elements that make the settlement process confusing and frustrating. If a loved one died without a valid will, the descendant is deemed to have died “intestate”. According to state law, this process of division falls to state statutes. Family members can miss out on their ability to claim certain assets if the state becomes involved. Utah probate law is complicated, which is why hiring an attorney is in your best interest. An attorney will be able to distribute the assets quickly as they can help families avoid the probate process.
The Role of a Probate Attorney
We work with all parties involved to help everyone come to a mutual agreement. Every estate is unique and has different challenges. Some assets need to be sold before the benefits are distributed. Mistakes made during the probate process can leave a person without the assets they deserve. Some people can wind up with serious problems as mistakes made during probate cannot be reversed. We will thoroughly examine every document to ensure their client’s needs are satisfied.
Estate Financial Liability
Some estates end up causing the executor to deal with financial liability of their loved one’s assets. If they died with credit card debt, is that a burden you will need to shoulder? Ammon Nelson Law will protect the executor from financial liability. Mishandling estate affairs can leave an executor with hundreds or thousands of dollars in debts and legal fees to pay. Hire us to protect yourself from the costs that could become your liability if you are not aware of the documents.
Generosity Mistakes With Assets
Too many loved ones end up with serious problems because they are being nice to their family members. Allowing a loved one to drive a car or to claim assets within the loved ones home can lead to problems during probate. Sympathy or pressure from family members is one element that an attorney will handle. Their job is to make sure the assets are not over-distributed to different beneficiaries, which can lead to expenses for the executor.
When to Hire a Probate Attorney
Hire a probate attorney as soon as possible, especially if you are the executor of the estate. Trying to handle the probate process without the right information can place undue legal jeopardy on the executor. The stress of settling an estate are overwhelming, contact our office to make the probate process as smooth as possible.
Why choose Ammon Nelson Law, PLLC?
- We have over a decade of family law experience.
- Nominated and awarded “New Parental Defender of the Year” in 2018
- We are in Good Standing at Avvo
- We have a 5 Star Rating on Google
- We are devoted and compassionate legal advocates.
- Wrote “Utah Guide to Divorce”
For your Ogden or Salt Lake City family law needs, contact us today and schedule a consultation