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Is it possible to settle an estate without legal assistance?

On Behalf of | Mar 5, 2023 | Probate |

After the passing of a loved one, those left behind must face the task of settling his or her estate. This is not always an easy process, and there are times when it could be a complex or costly endeavor. For this reason, it is common to wonder if it is possible to navigate the requirements of probate or other aspects of the estate administration process without the guidance of a knowledgeable Tennessee attorney. While this is sometimes possible, it is not always recommended. 

Saving time and money 

The primary reason why someone would want to avoid seeking legal guidance during probate to is to avoid the cost associated with securing legal guidance. While there are fees associated with having an attorney, it may be well worth the peace of mind knowing that an attorney can help prevent costly and complicated errors. An attorney can represent the interests of the estate, potential heirs or other parties that may have an interest in the estate. 

Even the simplest of estates and most straightforward of estate plans can have unexpected complications. Probate can be simple, but it also involves specific legal requirements, such as payment of debts and final tax returns. Guidance at every step may prevent setbacks that can cause heirs and beneficiaries time and money. 

Potential issues with probate 

The probate process can take months, or even years if there are complications. Even in seemingly straightforward situations, it is beneficial to have help and guidance at every step. Before making any decisions regarding probate or estate administration, it may be helpful to seek the opinion of a Tennessee probate attorney.