Probate and Estate Law Resources
At Fair Share Lawyers, we want to be trusted resources for you and your family. We’ve compiled a database of helpful articles and resources to help guide you through the difficult time after a loved one has passed. We’re always available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week if you have questions or need help. Call us at (800) 719-2721 and get answers to your questions.
10 Things to Know About Powers of Attorney
Powers of Attorney are legal agreements that give a third party the right to make decisions on behalf of another person. As powerful as these documents are, they also have many limitations and important ethical guidelines that must be followed.
10 Things to Know About Probate
The process of administering an estate after someone’s death is generally referred to as probate. Whether there is a will or not, there are many important steps to follow and pitfalls to avoid in the probate process.
10 Things to Know About Will Contests
Although a last will and testament can be an important document for guiding the distribution of an estate, the enforcement, validity, and proper administration of a will can be subject to interpretation and dispute.
Duties and Responsibilities of an Executor
If you have been named the executor or representative of an estate, it’s very important to know exactly what your responsibilities are. Neglecting them or overstepping your authority could lead to legal action.
What to Do if You Are Not the Executor
When someone else is in charge of your loved one’s estate, it can feel like you have no control over the proceedings. However, you have certain rights and responsibilities that you need to protect.
What to Do When a Loved One Dies
If your loved one has recently passed away, there are several steps you and your family should take to ensure the estate is settled properly and no debts, inheritances, or obligations go unresolved.
Get Answers to Your Questions
What should I do if I’ve been cut out of a will?
Last minute changes to a will, undue influence from a third party, and many other issues can be grounds to contest a will. If you have reason to believe your loved one’s final wishes are not being followed, you should contact a probate and estate lawyer to investigate the situation.
How much does it cost to contest a will?
The amount varies, but you must post a bond in court to contest the validity of a will. There may also be court costs, filing fees, and attorney’s fees. An experienced probate and estate lawyer can help calculate the costs and decide if it’s in your best interest to contest a will in court. Whenever possible, Fair Share Lawyers works on a contingency fee basis, which means we may be able to waive your attorney’s fees unless you recover financial compensation.