I brought my stepfather's will to Westchester County Surrogate Court in April. I returned will the paperwork they asked for. Now they need more information. I am sole beneficiary and executor of the estate. I feel overwhelmed. I was told I could do this without a lawyer. Is it possible or should I get a lawyer.
2 Answers from Attorneys
Retain counsel to process probate, file petition, notify next of kin, collect assets, pay creditors, etc.
Well, you know what they say: Don't ask a barber if you need a haircut. But the truth is that while you were "told" you could do this without an attorney, you are running into some trouble. While it certainly may be "possible" to handle the matter without an attorney, you are still at the very beginning of the process and already feel "overwhelmed." Not only can an attorney do this much faster than you, but an attorney will prevent any of a number of things from going wrong. You should, in my view, consider hiring an attorney.