Settling an Estate After the Death of a Loved One? Why You Need an Attorney

settling an estate

When a loved one passes away, it is a difficult and emotional experience. Along with this, you may have the responsibility of now trying to settle their estate. Depending on the size and complexities involved, this can be a daunting task. Whether your loved one had a will, trust, or perhaps both, knowing what to do can be hard to determine, and the last thing you want to do is make mistakes that further complicate the process. To make this transition as smooth as possible, here are some reasons why working with a Fairfield NJ estate planning attorney at the Law Offices of Faloni & Associates can be important.

Navigating Probate Court
Since you are required by law to submit a will to probate court, having an attorney working with you on this matter can help avoid various problems. Since there will be paperwork during this process and laws vary from state to state, an attorney can advise you on which steps you need to take.

Wills and Trusts
If your loved one left both wills and trusts, you will need an attorney to make sure all laws are properly followed. For example, while a will is required to go through probate, a trust is not. This, coupled with the possibility of having numerous beneficiaries waiting for distribution of property, make working with experienced Fairfield NJ estate planning attorneys essential.

Notifying Beneficiaries
Unfortunately, many family disputes occur when a loved one passes away and substantial amounts of money or property are at stake. To make sure all goes well, and everyone knows all details have been handled according to the law, always have an attorney working with you when communicating with beneficiaries.

Rather than take on the task of settling an estate on your own, schedule a consultation with a trusted legal professional at the Law Offices of Faloni & Associates.