If my mother-in-law died, do we have to have a lawyer for probate?

What are the pro’s and con’s for having a lawyer?

Asked on September 12, 2014 under Estate Planning, California

Answers:

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

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

I am so sorry for your loss.  No, you do not have to have a lawyer to help with a probate.  If the estate is complicated then it may be advisable to do so and if there is real property to transfer I suggest having a lawyer prepare the deed.  Maybe hiring an attorney on a consultation basis is more what you want so go and speak with some one about the issues that may be involved.  If it is a small estate and easy to probate then you may be able to do so alone.  Good luck.


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