After the death of a loved one, your family will need to handle their estate, and they may be pressed for time. Sometimes, this is a straightforward process that doesn’t require the help of a lawyer, but when complications arise, legal help is essential. Estate attorney Stephen B. Kaufman, P.C. in the Bronx, NY, offers assistance in all of the following scenarios.
5 Situations That Warrant an Estate Lawyer
1. Complex Assets or Debts
If your loved one didn't leave a will, settling debts left by the estate can be difficult. A lawyer will help you determine which debts valid. If there are assets to manage—including real estate and investments—a lawyer can have them appraised and prepared for probate.
2. Family Conflict
If there are conflicting interests among family members, or if someone intends to contest the will, a lawyer will safeguard your interests. This is especially important if there's any chance you may lose out on an inheritance.
3. Trouble as Executor
If you're the executor of a will, you face a challenging responsibility which requires an understanding of relevant laws and a great deal of time. A lawyer's advice can help simplify the process—especially if a specific area is unclear to you.
4. Mishandling of the Estate
If you believe the executor of the estate is mishandling the task, you need to take the issue to court to protect your interests. A lawyer has the best chance of successfully challenging the executor's actions.
5. Contesting a Will
If you believe the will itself is invalid, you'll need an attorney's help to contest it. If you believe your loved one was coerced or wasn't mentally competent at the time of the will's creation, you need to start the process immediately.
A loved one's death is already a difficult time—don't let estate problems make it even harder. Call Stephen B. Kaufman, P.C. for representation in issues of estate law. You can reach him at (718) 822-0500 or by visiting the website.