Do I need a lawyer to obtain what my mother left me in her Will?

Asked on June 2, 2014 under Estate Planning, Alabama


M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

I am so sorry for your loss.  Generally speaking, you do not need an attorney to help Probate a Last Will and Testament in any state. If, however, the estate is large and complicated then it is often cost effective to use one.  If you are the one that is submitting a Will to Probate just be careful about notice to beneficiaries and creditors.  If, however, you are a beneficiary under a Will that is in the process of being offered for probate to another then no, you do not necessarily need a lawyer.  Just keep on top of the fiduciary.  Good luck.

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