Q: I've been tasked with handling my father's assets after his death and it looks like I can just fill out the probate
paperwork in the county where he lived. Is there any reason I should also hire an attorney?
There are MANY requirements when filing probate from handling final tax returns, to filing a 1041 (if necessary) and insuring all the appropriate publication notices and creditor notices are filed etc.
EACH STATE has different requirements, and unless you are familiar with them you'll be likely to 'miss' something which could cost more and add delay to the process of winding things up.
You CAN try to do this on your own, but it generally saves hassle (and frequently money) if you hire a local attorney who can walk you through the process without the learning curve.
-- This answer is offered for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice or create an attorney/client relationship. I am licensed to practice in Michigan only. Please seek competent local legal help if you feel you need legal advice
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