FAQ: Do I need an attorney to help with an estate in the Probate Court?

If you are a Personal Representative of someone’s estate, you are not required to hire a lawyer to help you probate the estate.  However, you have many duties as a Personal Representative, and an attorney can make sure you have fulfilled each one.  For example, creditors must be paid in a certain order according to their status.  Improperly paying creditors can result in liability to the Personal Representative and a loss to the estate.  Also, there is usually real estate that must be deeded to heirs or sold.  It is strongly recommended by the Probate Court that you have a lawyer draft any deeds so that they are done properly.

Our Charleston Probate Attorneys can help you distribute assets quickly and correctly, properly pay debts, transfer ownership in real estate, and calculate an appropriate Personal Representative fee if you should desire one.  We assist with Probate cases in Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester Counties.  Please give us a call today so that we may answer any questions you may have concerning your loved one’s estate and the Probate Court.

Our Charleston Will and Estate Planning Lawyers can create effective estate planning documents for you, making sure your estate is distributed exactly as you desire and making the South Carolina probate process easy on your loved ones.