The courts have arbitrary methods for approaching an estate through probate. This could lead to some assets being absorbed by the government and others ending up in the wrong hands. A probate lawyer can help you administer your estate by valuing, selling, or distributing cash, real estate, or a business. For instances of estates that are lacking a will or are contested, an attorney would represent your interests in court.

Your legacy may be at risk

There are a variety of assets Indiana probate courts evaluate. These include:

  • Homes or land in your name
  • Stocks and bonds of which you are the sole owner
  • Possessions such as cars in your name, clothing, jewelry, and furniture
  • Bank accounts in your name without designated beneficiaries

While Indiana abolished the inheritance tax in 2013, there are other tax obligations for families of the decedent. Among them are:

  • Your final income tax return
  • Estate income tax (if more than $600 is made by the estate)
  • Property taxes you owe

Trying to work through these documents and details on your own can be overwhelming, especially when you're trying to ensure your legacy carries on. Working with an experienced lawyer can make all the difference in the process.

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Probate can be time consuming, but there are benefits

Most people want to avoid probate, but if there isn’t a will, you need an attorney to advocate for your estate, alleviating one more painful process your family will endure if you die.

Consider enlisting the help of an attorney through the probate process. The attorney can ensure the formality of the process settles any disputes related to your estate and division of assets. In other words, probate protects the estate against fraudulent claims on the estate.

The Law Office of Curtis J. Butcher provides a compassionate, comprehensive approach to probate. We walk families of decedents through the process and represent the interests and wishes of the decedents in probate court.

For those who have yet to establish a will or trust, attorney Curtis Butcher offers estate planning services to help with trusts, wills, guardianships, and powers of attorney.

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Estate & probate attorney in Carmel, IN

Contact probate attorney Curtis Butcher to ensure your legacy and wishes are protected in probate. The Law Office of Curtis J. Butcher understands these can be difficult circumstances to discuss, but they are necessary. Set up a free consultation with Curtis today and let him ease you through the process.