A probate lawyer in Jefferson County, TX, is a licensed attorney that guides people through the probate process. Depending on the case’s complexity and the level of service you’ve requested, a probate lawyer may fill out and submit paperwork to the probate court, keep track of important dates, and accompany you to court for any hearings.
Generally, during an initial meeting or phone call, a probate lawyer will ask some questions about the deceased and their estate – like whether they have a will, what types of assets are involved, and whether you know the asset values, etc.
Generally, probate lawyers take on the entire probate matter and charge clients either a flat fee or an hourly rate for that representation. Full representation means the lawyer takes primary responsibility for the whole probate process and representing your interests at any hearing.
Limited Representation or Unbundled Services
More probate lawyers are now offering limited representation – sometimes called “unbundled services.” Limited representation can be a way to save a significant amount in legal fees. In a limited representation scenario, the executor takes on the probate matter responsibility and only uses the probate attorney’s services on a limited basis when they need specific help.
For example, an executor might fill out and file all the probate forms with the court but asks a probate lawyer to accompany them to the hearing at the courthouse.