Have you been named as the executor of an estate? While this may seem quite daunting, you need to have the right individual helping you with the probate process. You should think about choosing a probate lawyer to assist you with the probate process. Are there any specific characteristics that your lawyer should have? There are some important points that you need to consider when it comes to choosing a lawyer. Continue reading on below.

What does a probate lawyer do?

In general, this lawyer assists the executors of the estate in managing the probate process. He can even assist with things like estate planning.

It is quite useful for you to be aware of what this lawyer does.

What characteristics should your probate lawyer have?

  • Your lawyer has to be good with communication. He needs to explain the process to you in a way that is easy for you to understand. He should be able to communicate well.
  • He must be understanding. If you have been named the executor of the estate, this can be a hard time for you. He should take this into account.
  • He needs to have an awareness of the estate’s details. This is really crucial.
  • Your lawyer must be respectful of your efforts to educate yourself. He needs to be mindful of your endeavours to learn and understand more about your responsibilities.

Make sure that you choose a lawyer who has these essential characteristics.

Consider these points below.

Pick a competent individual who is going to assist you in the best way possible. It is no use choosing someone who doesn’t make time for you or treats you in a bad way. Choose someone who is professional. The last thing that you want is a lawyer who does not explain anything to you properly, or is not understanding of your situation.

It is also a good idea for you to speak to a few candidates. Make sure that you talk to a few lawyers before going ahead and choosing a lawyer. Interview a few lawyers and decide which one is the right lawyer for you.

Make sure that you choose a lawyer who you are comfortable with. You need to be happy with your decision when it comes to choosing your lawyer.

DR MERVIN MESSIAS
JD (Juris Doctor) / BA, LLB (Wits) / TEP (Trust & Estate Practitioner) / MTP (Master Tax Practitioner – S.A)