February 10

how do you probate a will without a lawyer

Cortes Law Firm Oklahoma City Estate Planning Attorney

DIY Probate?

How do you probate a will without a lawyer? Very carefully.

Joking aside, I have seen many families go through the probate process on their own, and that is perfectly absolutely 100% OK if they know what they're doing.

The good thing is in most jurisdictions, you can go to the law library and usually find a book or two that will tell you the exact steps to go through to complete a probate.

Probate Problems

The problem is, a lot of those books will usually leave out a key element, or they don't provide for what happens when something goes wrong, like family starts fighting, and that's where you can get into trouble.

But can somebody probate a will without an attorney? Absolutely. 100%, yes. And we see that happen on a regular basis.

Cost to Fix DIY is More Expensive

However, what I also see in a lot of those cases, once they get about a third of the way through or maybe halfway through, they usually seek out the help of a probate attorney or a probate law firm to assist them with completing the probate process because it can get overwhelming if you don't know what you're doing.

Not to say you can't do it, but it can get overwhelming very quickly, especially when you're dealing with creditors, banks, your brothers and sisters or the beneficiaries who all want their money. Yesterday! 

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Oklahoma City, OK, 73118

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