The peace of mind that comes from knowing your assets will go to family, loved ones and worthy causes is important to most people. Probate lawyers have the expertise to draft wills, probate estates and assist you with the personal choices and advice necessary to ensure this process.
Without a will, your assets will be distributed in accordance with State law. These laws are inflexible and may not reflect your choice of asset distribution. Having a will allows you to opt out of the rigid state prescription and be creative and personal in your planning. This is especially important in second marriage situations, where you are providing for minors or disabled persons, or want to include a favorite charity.
Probate courts preside over the administration of estates. These courts require assets to be inventoried, debts to be paid and a detailed account of all income and expenses of the estate.