When a loved one passes away, there are so many things to attend to. There is the emotional loss, which is first and foremost. Next, practical considerations …wrapping up final expenses, closing bank accounts, stopping the newspaper delivery, and on and on.
When you visit an attorney’s office to begin the process of carrying out your loved-one’s wishes and opening an estate, you are likely not at your best. You are dealing with a myriad of emotions and sea of details. Your attorney should help you through this initial stage in opening the estate – but should not overwhelm you with information.
When you visit an attorney, you can expect that he or she will show you the courtesy afforded to anyone who has just lost a loved one. Their initial consultation with you should cover such questions as “How much is this going to cost?” and “How long is this going to take?” They should be able to give you at least an approximate answer to both of those questions.
Your attorney should let you ask all the questions you want to ask. . .this may be routine for the law firm, but it is not routine for you.
Finally, your attorney will keep you informed about the estate’s funds, about the payment of estate bills, and will give you no less than a monthly statement to keep you up to date on the progress of your loved-ones estate.
Please contact Mateya Law Firm to help you with your estate planning and administration needs.