Probate

Probate covers the aspects of an individual’s estate that must be tied up after their death. Since the matters that fall under the probate process can be confusing, and most people are tackling these responsibilities in a state of grief, most clients find it comforting to have a qualified probate lawyer working for them in their corner.  

Understanding the Probate Process 

In probate, a named personal representative — who may be a family member or a third party — assumes the responsibility for handling the affairs of the deceased person. These duties may include: 

  • Officially opening the estate with assistance from the probate court
  • Inventorying assets 
  • Paying bills 
  • Filing taxes
  • Distributing assets to beneficiaries

When there is a will, the probate process is easier. When the decedent has not left a will, the probate process is more difficult and more expensive.

The probate process generally lasts one year, depending on the estate’s value and any creditors who arise. 

How a Columbia Probate Lawyer Can Help

A probate lawyer can walk the personal representative through their duties, helping them understand the timeline, what to expect, and what documents they need to prepare. Probate lawyers in Columbia can also help personal representatives’ complete forms accurately. Given that the values reported on these forms can help reduce tax obligations, accuracy is important.  

A lawyer can also help smooth over family tensions, such as those that arise when a sibling or other relative instigates a family feud or threatens to contest the will. 

For the personal representative, having the assistance of a probate lawyer can reduce stress and deliver peace of mind during a difficult time. 

At Pozsik & Carpenter, we are available to handle all aspects of the probate process. To discuss your situation with our Columbia probate lawyer and find out how we can help, call 803-764-1105 today.

Highly recommended for any family law, adoption, or divorce needs you have in the Columbia, SC area. Josh Pozsik has the reputation of being an honest and trustworthy attorney, and has had a lot of success helping his clients through difficult times. Patrick O.

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