Probate Law and Courts
When someone dies, it always generates a hotbed of emotions. Some friends are devastated; others are simply shocked and cannot express any feelings. And, unfortunately, there are those persons who simply want to know whether or not they were included in the deceased's last will and testament. And when it's discovered that there was no will, pandemonium can suddenly erupt.
This is when an attorney who intimately understands the world of probate is necessary. Probate generally involves distributing the property of the person who passed away, thus settling his or her estate legally. However, it's not always as easy as it seems. Individuals and families can wind up in probate court with lawsuits that drag on for years.
For instance, say that grandpa promised you the apple orchard and the acreage surrounding it. For years, he would say, "When I die, this will be yours." Though you never wanted the end to come, you did always look forward to owning the orchard, as it held many memories.
Fast forward two decades. After Grandpa's sudden death, you discovered that he never had a will... and that you have two cousins also claiming that grandpa "promised" them the same apple orchard. Suddenly, you're faced with a major problem. Though you don't want to make trouble, you also can't believe that the apple orchard is being taken from you.
Your grandma, who is still alive, is unfortunately not interested in solving your apple orchard conundrum. Still grieving over the loss of her husband, her only advice is, "I don't want it. One of you take it or I'll sell it."
At this point, you might find yourself in probate court over the apple orchard, as odd as the whole situation may seem. Thus, you need an attorney who understands probate matters, because in situations like the one that has been described, the legality of the situation is sticky. Though it's possible to settle, you need a lawyer who is current on all the probate statutes for your state (or the state in which your grandpa and his apple orchard resided).
Our team is here to represent you and explain your probate rights. And if we represent you, rest assured that you will be getting dozens of combined years of knowledge when you're dealing with our team of attorneys.