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Do You Need a Lawyer When Someone Dies?

By February 14, 2021 No Comments

If you’re the executor of an estate, you may be wondering what to do now that your loved one is gone. Aside from getting their funeral in order and making sure their wishes are fulfilled, you’re thinking that it could be helpful to have an estate planning attorney on your side during this time to make sure everything goes well. While you may not always need a lawyer, having one could end up saving you a lot of time, money, and energy.

Getting a Lawyer When Someone Dies

When someone dies, you’ll need a lawyer in a few different scenarios. If the person did not do any estate planning, then you may need help with probate. If the estate is large, contains complicated assets like a business, family members or other loved ones are fighting, the estate doesn’t have the money to pay back debts, or the estate owes taxes, then having a lawyer on your side is necessary. They can help you navigate these complicated processes and ensure that you don’t lose a lot of the estate to taxes or other expenses.

Hiring a Lawyer Before Someone Dies

It’s best to hire a lawyer before someone dies and ensure they have a will and take other essential estate planning steps. They will need a lawyer to create legal documents that will hold up in a court of law. Otherwise, loved ones will be left scrambling when they pass away and it could create a whole host of issues.

Find an Estate Planning Attorney

 

If you need assistance with will and estate planning, or you need help now that your loved one has passed away, contact the estate planning attorneys at Legacy Law Group in Eastern Washington, Spokane Valley, and Spokane itself. Contact us at (509) 315-8087 today to get started.