Should You Hire An Attorney For Probate

By Althaus Law
January 12, 2022

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Why Hire an Attorney for Probate?

You don’t have to hire a lawyer to get you through the probate process in Colorado, but should you? Absolutely. We don’t just say that because we are lawyers. You don’t have to hire us, but get help from someone. Here are a few reasons why:

  • Doing it yourself and messing up will cost way more for you, your family, or a lawyer to fix later.
  • You will save an extreme amount of time using a lawyer instead of doing everything yourself.
  • Our firm can actually save you money on creditors.
  • You will have confidence knowing things are done right.
  • It’s easier to avoid family conflicts with a lawyer to point at as your reason for doing things.
  • Finally, you are personally responsible as the one in charge for everything that goes wrong. A lawyer protects you in all aspects.

Saving Time And Money!

How does hiring a lawyer save you time and money? A good Colorado probate lawyer has been through this process many times. Our lawyers at Althaus Law know exactly what needs to happen at every step. That means you don’t have to do any of the court filings, talk the judge, deal with the other side, or deal with creditors. We do all that for you!

The upfront expense of hiring an attorney can seem overwhelming. However, hiring a lawyer does not mean you are going to court or having litigation. At Althaus law, it actually means the opposite. We keep our clients out of court and stop families from fighting. Even though an attorney can cost thousands of dollars up front, we see families lose tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars when attorneys aren’t involved. Further, creditors will harass you constantly to pay the debts of the decedent. Once you get a lawyer involved, the creditors legally have to stop harassing you. Our probate lawyers at Althaus Law are skilled at negotiating creditors down as well. In the last two years alone, we have saved our clients over $1,000,000.00 in creditors costs. This means we have paid for ourselves many times over.

Protect Yourself From Liability

As the person in charge, or Personal Representative, you are responsible for everything. If taxes aren’t filed correctly, you could potentially owe the IRS yourself for that. If the wrong creditor is paid, you could be on the hook for fixing the mistake. If someone submits a fake creditor claim and you pay it, you now owe the other beneficiaries that money.

With a lawyer involved in the process, we deal with all the above, so you don’t make these mistakes. Our Colorado-based probate lawyers have done this many, many times. We know how to avoid the pitfalls that you may not even know about. This includes internal family fighting. This is a very stressful time in everyone’s lives and people handle stress differently. Having a professional calmly explain all the options and outcomes can help to resolve these family spats before they turn into blowouts. Preserving the family’s and everyone’s relationships is our priority.

Question About Probate in Colorado? Give Us A Call!

Need help with probate? We are here for you. Give us a call at (720) 513-2299 or schedule a consultation for free now.