Probate Lawyer

Probate Court is a specialized court within the jurisdiction to adjudicate Guardianships and Conservatorships and the administration of a deceased person’s estate – among other issues. An experienced probate law firm like Henrickson Law Group will help you determine whether your unique situation requires the involvement of Probate Court. If you have a loved one that has passed, with or without a Will, or have a loved one that is unable to care for themselves mentally, physically, or financially, you should seek the guidance of an experienced probate attorney.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What does a probate lawyer do?

A probate lawyer prepares the necessary pleadings and represents clients in court when a client needs to: probate/ administer a deceased person’s estate; and/or, have a guardian or conservator appointed for a minor child or adult-dependant child or family member suffering from an ailment or frailty that prevents them from being able to properly make decisions or manage their healthcare and finances.

How much does a probate lawyer charge?

Typically, a probate lawyer will have an hourly rate and an initial retainer fee. Be warned: probate court has expensive administrative fees. These are fees that the court system charges to file pleadings, to publish notices in the news paper, and to hire guardian ad litems. The court/administrative fees are sometimes more expensive than the attorney’s fees. This is one of the main reasons why individuals should engage an estate planning attorney -- to minimize the potential Probate Court costs.

How long do you have to file probate after death?

There is no time frame. First, one should give themselves adequate time to grieve over the loss of a loved one. Once one has had time to grieve, it is typically best to contact a probate lawyer to begin the probate process, as the process itself can take up to a year to complete.