Through our recent blogs, we have discussed the Wheat Ridge and Lakewood probate process and the different responsibilities of those involved. If you need a refresher, click here for a list of our probate blogs. So, you may be questioning whether you need a probate. The answer to that depends on your situation. If your loved one has a very small estate, then maybe you don't need assistance. If, however, you are dealing with a more sizeable estate, family members contesting or fighting the will, or you worry that the estate executor is handling the estate incorrectly, then hiring an expert probate lawyer may be necessary.
Meeting with a Probate Lawyer in Arvada | What to Expect and What to Bring
In order to make the most of everyone's time, it best to come to any meeting with a probate attorney prepared. This means bringing all important documents with you. You will likely want to documents related to the deceased including:
- Trust documentation;
- Names and contact information for beneficiaries and heirs;
- Deeds to real estate and property;
- Any probate court documents;
- Financial statements;
- Documents related to debts
By bringing this documentation with you, you will be able to ask real questions and not just hypotheticals. This is your chance to ask questions to not only see if the attorney you are meeting with is knowledgeable, but also if they are a good fit for your situation.
What to Look for in a Jefferson County Probate Attorney
When choosing an attorney to handle your probate case, you will want to choose someone you trust and feel will work well with you and your family. It's important that you ask questions to get a good feel for how the lawyer works. Some questions you may want to consider asking include:
- How long have you been handling probate cases?
- What is your fee schedule? Do you work on a flat fee or hourly rate?
- Do you have support staff? How involved will they be in the case?
- What other areas of law do you practice?
- What does communication look like? Do you prefer phone calls, emails, etc.?
- In your experience, how long will it take to resolve the case?
Look for a probate attorney who will explain things in an easily understandable way - you aren't a lawyer and shouldn't be expected to understand legal terms.