The Role of Your Probate Lawyer

by | Dec 29, 2015 | Law

There are times when families struggle to solve their differences – like when an estate owner passes away without leaving valid documentation of the criterion they want used for determining inheritance. That’s where a probate lawyer comes in handy, Forbes explains. A probate lawyer in Grayslake should get involved in these type of tricky situations to create a reasonable solution.

Finding a Good Probate Attorney

When you find yourself in need of a lawyer, there are some things you should look for. First, it’s crucial to find an attorney who won’t corrupt the documents you give him. Documents in any case is crucial; keeping track of everything in a case like this, however, could be the determining factor in how the inheritance is distributed.
That’s why it’s a good idea to ask around – talk to other lawyers, accountants, financial advisors, friends, family, and associates. Typically, you can find someone who has used one of these attorneys in the past with great success.
Other considerations include:

  • The attorney’s “track record.” How they’ve operated when settling other cases is vital. Take a look at some of the work they’ve done in the past and read any reviews you can find about them. As you do so, make sure you find an attorney who’s known for showing dignity in the cases he’s settled.
  • Make sure the attorney you’re interested in working with is affordable. Everyone is operating with a different budget. The attorney may ask for a retainer, too, so make sure you budget appropriately.
  • What’s your comfort level with this attorney? The attorney you choose should have your best interest at heart. If you’re uncomfortable with him or her for any reason (doesn’t seem interested, seems too busy, doesn’t answer all questions), then move on. It’s still a team effort, and you need an attorney who you feel comfortable working with.


Forbes says many people feel like there aren’t enough estate planning lawyers in business today. Even if you feel this way yourself, it’s still vital you find one to work with. They have the knowledge to make sure any estate you’re disputing over is properly taken care of. It is their job to act as a reference document, making sure the law isn’t violated and everyone carries out the person’s will accordance with their wishes. As such, a probate lawyer knows and understands they must act with a great deal of transparency.

Despite how hard you try, there’s still no guarantee your estate won’t go to probate court. If it does, rest assured the lawyers at Orlowsky & Wilson are here to help you.

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