Q: Do you have to have an attorney to put a will through probate?
A: You do not have to have an attorney to probate a will. However, unless it is a very simple estate, an attorney could actually save you money and prevent any missteps. Depending on the county, the probate court staff may help you decide if you should hire an attorney (even though they really shouldn't). I would strongly recommend you take advantage of a free consultation with an attorney to determine your options.
Kenneth V Zichi agrees with this answer
As noted you do not HAVE to use an attorney. But remember the old adage about someone who represents himself? (He has a fool for a client....)
For all but the SIMPLEST cases, an attorney can save money for your estate (for example, I just negotiated a $4500 reduction in an outstanding debt in a probate case that offset not only my fee, but the probate costs as well). Don't be 'penny wise and pound foolish' about this. Seek local legal help.
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