PROBATE LAW – MAKING A DIFFICULT SITUATION MORE MANAGEABLE
Probate is the legal process of administering the estate of someone who has passed. When a loved one passes, the help of an experienced South Carolina probate attorney can help you navigate and provide proper guidance as it relates to state probate laws. A probate attorney is also known as an estate attorney that helps guide personal representatives or executors of the estate along with beneficiaries on how to settle the financial affairs of the deceased person from beginning to end in what is known as the probate process.
There are several potential challenges in the probate process that an experienced attorney can identify and provide knowledge of probate law and provide guidance accordingly. Some examples include:
- Did the deceased have a living will or pass away intestate without providing legal direction regarding distribution of assets?
- Are all assets accounted for? Determining the location of all assets and noting whether they are probate or non-probate assets.
- Assistance when disputes arise between beneficiaries and personal representatives.
- Helping with the sale and/or distribution of real property including re-titling of real estate in the names of beneficiaries.
- Are there bills that need to be paid? Taxes owed? Your probate attorney can help manage bill payments and taxes due.
- Was there a life insurance policy? A probate attorney can help collect those benefits and distribute accordingly.
- Many more potential factors throughout the process.
At the end of the probate process, once all bills and final tax payments are made, the probate attorney helps facilitate final distribution of assets to all beneficiaries.
Additional Probate Law Guidance
Through our probate practice here at the Stanley Law Firm, we also help in other areas that fall under the umbrella of South Carolina probate law. In addition to representing executors through the probate process as outlined above, we also represent beneficiaries, creditors and other entities seeking their share of the estate. We also provide advisement and representation of individuals seeking to be appointed as a Guardian or Conservator to provide financial or health decisions for a person unable to make those decisions on their own due to illness or if they become incapacitated.
Contact the Myrtle Beach Probate Attorneys at the Stanley Law Firm
If you need help navigating the complexes associated with the probate law process, contact the Myrtle Beach probate attorneys at the Stanley Law Firm at 843-390-9111 or through our secure online contact form for a free consultation.