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Suppose a deceased loved one or family member chooses you as an executor of their estate. You need a probate attorney by your side to help you identify assets, settle a will, distribute the property among the legal heirs, and other incidental expenses. Finding the right probate lawyer will require knowing your options. Here are tips for choosing a probate attorney.
Ask for Referrals
Talk to a friend and family member before hiring a probate lawyer. Ask them if they've worked with a probate lawyer before. If they have, they might point you in the right direction. If your friends and family can't refer a probate lawyer, you can search online for a "probate lawyer near me."
Check Experience and Qualifications
Not all attorneys have experience with a probate case. Even if they have probate case experience, it may not be their area of expertise. Probate is a specialized area of the law, so it's essential to look at qualifications and experience before hiring a probate attorney. The lawyer you choose must meet basic qualifications to represent you. A lawyer that handles probate matters consistently will be able to predict any legal issues that may arise, providing a solid roadmap to distribute the estate to the beneficiaries properly.
You can learn about the probate lawyers on your list by reading customer reviews online or asking for references. You can also check the law firm's Google My Business and Better Business Bureau listings to learn more about a probate attorney. Read reviews from each site. It's normal to see a few negative reviews. If the negative reviews outweigh the positive, look elsewhere.
You want to hire a probate lawyer that's easy to get in touch with, whether your case is complicated or not. The best probate lawyer will keep you up to date on your case and will be easy to contact. Some of the best ways to assess the availability of a probate attorney are to schedule an appointment with one or two lawyers on your list. Ask the lawyer about their availability. Ask how they handle many client cases at once. A probate lawyer who juggles many clients at once might find it difficult to focus on your probate case and needs. Likewise, you might struggle to reach them if they're too busy. Instead, choose an attorney who can focus on helping you without delay.
Don't Be Afraid of a High Cost
Do not shy away from a probate attorney that charges high costs if you feel they can provide the best legal services. However, remember that probate law is very complex, and hiring a probate lawyer with a lot of experience will cost you more than those with less experience.
Contact Broaden Law LLP for Probate Attorney San Diego
Our law firm has years of experience serving families going through probate in San Diego. To learn more about our probate process, we invite you to call our San Diego Probate Attorney at 619-567-6845.
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