What Does A Probate Lawyer Do?

 In Law, Probate

Are you in need of a probate lawyer, but not sure exactly what they can do for you? Here is a simple outline of what a probate lawyer does and how they will help you.

Probate Lawyer

A probate lawyer is also known as an estate or trust lawyer.  Their job is to help the executors of the estate. An executor is someone appointed in a will to take care of the specific details after the appointer passes. They are typically in charge of their estate and making sure everyone in the will receives what the appointer decided. This job can become overwhelming and confusing, which is why a lawyer can help. They know the will process and can support the executor during the process.


As stated before, probate lawyers can assist executors in navigating the will process. There are instances when a will is not created when someone passes. When this happens, a probate lawyer will step in because there is no appointed executor. According to FindLaw,  the estate is distributed according to the intestacy laws of the state where the property resides, regardless of the deceased wishes. A probate attorney can assist in the process of distributing assets and ensuring it lines up with state guidelines. Some of the other duties a probate lawyer does are listed below.

  • collecting and managing life insurance proceeds
  • appraising decedents property
  • find and securing all assets
  • advising how to pay decedent’s bills and settle any leftover debt
  • preparing or filing documents required in court
  • managing the estate’s checkbook
  • determining owed estate taxes

To learn more about the probate process, or last wills and testaments, contact The Slaughter Law Firm. It is extremely important to have your assets together in a will in case something happens. Our lawyer, Frankie Slaughter Jr. has experience in many areas of law including probate and wills. With over 21 years of experience, his concentration is solely on the client’s objectives and taking a hands-on approach. We will serve you and ensure you get the service you need. To schedule an appointment, contact us online here or call us at (423) 844-0560 today!