Camden Probate & Estate Lawyer
Compassionate Legal Assistance for You & Your Family
If you have recently lost a loved one, you may be responsible for the administration of their estate. In situations such as these, it is important to be aware of issues that can arise during probate. Our legal team at the Law Office of Terry J. Leonard understands how difficult a time this must be for you, so we offer the assistance you may be looking for. Our Camden probate and estate planning attorneys can help you navigate this process skillfully and efficiently.
We can also assist you in planning for your own estate. Regardless of the size of your estate, it is important to have a plan in place for what will happen to your property and assets after you pass away. Failing to plan your future will result in the court making decisions about your possessions without regard for your wishes. These types of decisions are personal and private ones that only you should make. Our esteemed legal team can stand by your side and offer compassionate legal guidance as we develop a plan that accommodates your desires and needs.
The Probate Process
When you need legal assistance handling a deceased loved one’s estate through the court system, the Law Office of Terry J. Leonard is here for you. The probate process can be overwhelming, as it is subject to complex state laws and can take at least six months to accomplish.
- Distributing what remains to beneficiaries
- Locating and paying off debts and taxes
- Identifying and valuing assets
- Validating the deceased person’s will, if one exists
If your family is facing probate, it is in your best interest to have a knowledgeable probate lawyer on your side. We can help to provide the relief and reassurance you need to get through this difficult time.
Can I sell a house before probate has processed?
If you have inherited a property and wish to sell immediately, you will most likely need to wait until probate processes. There may be opportunities for work-around, but the average person will need to wait.
Establishing an Estate Plan
Estate planning is the process of arranging how one’s property and assets will be handled in the event of their death (while one is still alive). No matter what the size of your estate or your net worth, establishing an estate plan is beneficial as it can minimize tax consequences while removing the need for and expense of probate. More importantly, estate planning can eliminate the confusion and stress your family may experience when they face your incapacity or death. In these plans, you can provide medical and end-of-life care instructions and appoint someone to make decisions on your behalf if you are not physically or mentally able to do so.
During this process, our skilled legal team can help you with:
- Powers of attorney
- Living wills
- Special needs trusts
- Revocable trusts
- Irrevocable trusts
We understand the intricacies involved with setting up these documents and can help you lower taxes and efficiently transfer ownership of your assets and property.
Experienced Guidance You Can Trust
As a proud member of the community, the Law Office of Terry J. Leonard is dedicated to helping clients achieve results that make them happy. Our probate and estate planning attorneys can skillfully assist you in either the estate planning or probate process.
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