What You Need To Know About Probate

Probate of a will or estate administration is the process to distribute property of a deceased loved one through probate court according to a will or by law if there is no will. We can help clear up problem areas you may face before, during or after the "pendency" of your probate case.

How A Probate Attorney Can Help

​Probate attorneys and probate lawyers can help you with the probate of a will and a number of problems you may find when dealing with the Probate Courts. Estate administration is only one way that a probate lawyer or probate attorney can help. There are a lot of problems listed below that may or may not require court action. At Hopkins Law Firm we can help you resolve these issues and save money. We will ensure your case is closed and help your family move on.

For Personal Representatives Or Executors

Common problems you can find in your probate case include:

  • Drafting and filing a deed of distribution: when you need one, drafting and where to file.
  • Dealing with creditors: how to use the law to protect from creditors
  • Paying bills and beneficiaries properly: there is a priority for who gets paid and when
  • Accounting: keep beneficiaries properly informed to avoid disputes

​For Beneficiaries

There are ways to ensure your interest in an estate or by will is protected. These include that you:

  • Request an accounting from a probate case.
  • Get a copy of a probate will.
  • Get copies of probate court records.
  • Know when to expect payment: there is a certain amount of time.
  • Understand which filings you should receive and how to request the information.
  • Be aware of when and how to request a hearing to get things done.

​For Creditors

Unfortunately, you may need to jump through some hoops, but we can help you:

  • Determine whether the estate can afford to pay.
  • Understand how and when to properly file a claim: theres is a limited time to file.
  • Deal with a disallowance: filing for allowance of a disallowed claim.
  • Know when to negotiate a creditor's claim.
  • Request the sale of property to fulfill your claim.

Discuss Your Legal Matter Today

Contact Hopkins Law Firm in Pawleys Island by phone at 843-314-4005 or use the convenient email contact form to arrange an opportunity to meet with our team about your probate issue. We can also answer questions about probate process in South Carolina.