New Mexico Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning and Probate Lawyer
The death of a loved one is always a tragic occurrence, but a fight between the heirs or those who claim to be heirs compounds the already horrific experience. If the assets of the estate are intended for you and you find yourself in a battle for what is rightfully yours, an experienced probate attorney is absolutely critical.
If you are worried that your intended heir will become embroiled in an expensive and dreadful estate battle, a prepared and analyzed Will is simply a must. Plan for the future of your estate. For either scenario, seek the legal advice of an experienced estate planning and probate lawyer.
Estate Planning and Probate
At The Waggoner Legal Group, we have extensive experience helping people set up clearly written wills and/or trusts that communicate their final wishes. We understand the issues that may arise concerning taxes on your estate as well as contests of the will’s interpretation, and we can ensure that your will takes these issues into account. Making clear preparations for your estate will give you peace of mind knowing that your family and friends will be taken care of after you have left them.
Our probate attorneys will also help you prepare for the possible delays from probate. Probate is the legal actions that need to be taken by the probate courts after an individual’s death. This includes disbursement of personal property and real estate, and business succession. A court appointed official becomes the personal representative or executor of the will and is in charge of signing deeds, writing checks, and handling final business affairs on behalf of the deceased. Because of this, the probate process can be lengthy and expensive.
There are several basic steps in the probate process that, upon completion, will settle an estate. These steps include:
- Filing the probate petition
- Publishing a notice to creditors of decedent’s passing
- Appraising assets
- Paying outstanding debts, claims, and taxes
- Paying representatives and distributing the estate
These steps can cause the probate process to be arduous and stressful. With the help of an experienced Wills, Trust, estate planning, and probate lawyer, you will receive strategic, well-planned guidance through each step. Your attorneys may also be able to advise you of how to avoid probate by establishing a proper trust.
Contact Our Estate Planning and Probate Attorneys
At The Waggoner Legal Group, we have 75 years of combined experience helping individuals create explicit wills and trusts communicating their final wishes as well as guiding the families of the deceased through probate. Throughout this difficult time, you should be concentrating on your family rather than legal affairs. The New Mexico Wills, trust, estate planning, probate attorneys at The Waggoner Legal Group are here to assist you and your family with the legal burdens after the death of a loved one.
Call (505) 750-2992 (local) or (888) 652-8639 (toll free) today for estate planning and probate advice from our experienced probate lawyers!