I have just found a last will and testament that says I am the executrix of my parent estate is this all I need for a lawyer? 27 Answers as of August 22, 2013

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Law Office of Thomas C. Phipps | Thomas C Phipps
Yes. That is enough to open an estate. If the attorney needs anything else, you can supplement the file later.
Answer Applies to: Missouri
Replied: 8/22/2013
DOUGLAS A. TULL, P.C.
DOUGLAS A. TULL, P.C. | Douglas A. Tull
Probably not, usually the lawyer needs at least to have the death certificate as well as the original Will. He or she may also need you to provide information about interested parties and about assets that pass through probate of the parent who has died.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 8/12/2013
Law Office of Edward M. Burgh, APC | Edward M. Burgh
Hire a Probate Attorney where they lived present it to the Probate Court assuming it was properly signed.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/12/2013
Dennis E. Valentine Law Firm
Dennis E. Valentine Law Firm | Dennis Valentine
Yes, this is all you initially need to meet with an attorney. In order to present your options and advise you on the best course of action, the attorney will eventually need to know the general nature of your parent's estate. In order to collect some assets you will need to have a certified copy of the parent's death certificate. It is more important to have the initial meeting soon to get advice on how to handle assets and debts rather then wait until you have located all the papers. Many attorneys offer an initial meeting at no cost.
Answer Applies to: Colorado
Replied: 8/12/2013
Law Offices of R. Christine Brown | R. Christine Brown
You need to give the attorney the original copy of the Will, so that a Petition for Probate can be filed. The attorney will also need the addresses for every person named in the Will , as well as the names and addresses of every intestate heir of your parents. The attorney will also need a complete list of your parent's assets and how title is held on the assets, to determine which assets are subject to probate.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/12/2013
    Reger Rizzo & Darnall LLP | Kathleen DeLacy
    Lawyer will need death certificate also to open Estate for you and have you appointed as Executor.
    Answer Applies to: Delaware
    Replied: 8/12/2013
    The Curran Law Firm
    The Curran Law Firm | Maura Curran
    You will need much more information to probate the estates. However, that should not stop you from engaging a probate lawyer he/she will let you know everything you need.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 8/12/2013
    Law Office of Pamela Braynon | Pamela Y. Braynon
    That and any information concerning the assets that will be distributed through the will, i.e., bank accounts, real property addresses, investment accounts, etc.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 8/12/2013
    Law Offices of Charles R. Perry
    Law Offices of Charles R. Perry | Charles R. Perry
    The lawyer will definitely want to see the will that you found. It is not possible to tell you anything more without knowing a lot more about the status of your parents' estate.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/12/2013
    Frederick & Frederick PLC | James P Frederick
    If your parent has passed away, a death certificate would also be necessary, in order to initiate probate proceedings.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/12/2013
    Arthur H. Geffen, P.C.
    Arthur H. Geffen, P.C. | Arthur Geffen
    That is the key document.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 8/12/2013
    Sebby Law Office
    Sebby Law Office | Jayne Sebby
    If it is the last will of the deceased, you can submit it to the probate court and get Letters of Appointment that will give you authority to settle the estate.
    Answer Applies to: Nebraska
    Replied: 8/12/2013
    Ben T. Liu Law Office
    Ben T. Liu Law Office | Ben T. Liu
    It is a start, the lawyer will probably need info about the assets, etc.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/12/2013
    James Oberholtzer, Attorney at Law
    James Oberholtzer, Attorney at Law | James Oberholtzer
    Yes, along with 1.a death certificate and 2. a list of what they owe and what they owned at death. And 3. a list of children and grandchildren. 4. contact information for everyone named in the will.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 8/12/2013
    The Law Office of David L. Leon
    The Law Office of David L. Leon | David L. Leon
    You should also have a list of the beneficiary's name and address, plus a general idea of the assets and liabilities of the estate.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 8/12/2013
    Law Office of Nathan Wagner
    Law Office of Nathan Wagner | Nathan J. Wagner
    You could speak to a lawyer about your parents' estate, even without the will. But the will is very helpful. The lawyer will have many other questions for you (mostly about what your parents own), but don't worry about gathering all of the information before you speak to the lawyer.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/12/2013
    Gates' Law, PLLC | Thomas E. Gates
    Yes, the will is presented to the court (along with other documents) to start probate.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/12/2013
    Estrada Law P.C. | Michele Ungvarsky
    That and a death certificate.
    Answer Applies to: New Mexico
    Replied: 8/12/2013
    Christine Sabio Socrates Attorney at Law | Christine Socrates
    An attorney will also need a death certificate, list of assets and debts, a list of next of kin and previous year's tax return in order to handle and evaluate a probate matter.
    Answer Applies to: Ohio
    Replied: 8/12/2013
    Minor, Bandonis and Haggerty, P.C.
    Minor, Bandonis and Haggerty, P.C. | Brian Haggerty
    That and a death certificate; there will be more, but that will get you started.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 8/12/2013
    Goldsmith & Guymon
    Goldsmith & Guymon | Dara Goldsmith
    Are you parents deceased? Is it an original? You will also need certified copies of their death certificates. Does the will mention a separate trust? If so, you need that too.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 8/12/2013
    Danville Law Group | Scott Jordan
    Yes, you should schedule an appointment with a probate attorney and show him/her the will. The attorney should then ask a series of questions to determine whether probate is necessary.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/12/2013
    James T. Weiner & Associates, P.C.
    James T. Weiner & Associates, P.C. | James T. Weiner
    Your question is incomplete what do you want to do with a lawyer? If your parents had assets that need to go through probate (accounts in their name without beneficiaries listed, real estate, etc.) and other beneficiaries (do you have siblings? )all relevant information on both of those would be needed.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/12/2013
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