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There are two dimensions to probate. The instruments that will be probated: the will – trusts, if made, the preparatory documents (health care proxies, powers of attorney) and the actual administration (informal, formal, among other things).

You need two things. Someone experienced with many different drafts available for use. I am here to help create the exact tailor-made instruments for you. Someone experienced in seeing the family through the process as quickly and efficiently as possible.

40 years of legal experiences tells me you need to consider that and for you to choose someone dedicated to it.  That’s why we say watch the video and check out the site.

One of the tips I’ve gained over 40 years is this: If you draft a will, have the personal representative hold the original (used to be executor/executrix). Not the lawyer. The reason is because a) you may tear up your will, and the lawyer doesn’t know; b) It is the personal representative who will be the one who has to act on it upon the signer’s death. That person needs the original.

I call this the Lawyer’s answer, because 9 out of 10 times it is what my response is to a question.

“It depends”.

It is all relative, so it does depend on the situation – are the families of the deceased in agreement; is there a greedy in-law; who lives where, etc. There’s two dimensions. Drafting the paperwork (will, trust, etc.) you would need for probate, and the actual probate administration (getting someone named personal representative, liquidating assets perhaps, explaining how to operate an estate account, etc.)

This office is looking to assist with the active probate administration; small or large. Sometimes, e.g. you do a voluntary administration (deceased has no money, wife has no children). Sometimes you need a formal probate filing (possible contest, relatives at odds, etc.)

As I said, it depends. It all starts with the free consultation. And also, you may need to start with that will, Power of Attorney, or whatever.

This office seeks to focus and concentrate on probate administration, in part, because I’ve personally seen much delay, abuse and cost be suffered by people because of the lawyers. It wasn’t me, it was Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court, Warren Burger, who in 1976, remarked, “8 out of 10 attorneys are incompetent, unethical or both.” It’s in this area of law in particular that I’ve found his words to ring true; and, after 40 years, I’ve seen the truth in his remarks (although hopefully not as high as the chief justice thought).

What that means is you want someone of proven integrity and experience.  I’d invite you to read the testimonials on this site, on my AVVO page or Google +.