If a close family member or other loved one has recently passed away, you may be in the process of reading the will and deciding what should be done with their assets and possessions. Occasionally, you might feel that your loved one has purposely left you out of their will or they have been coerced into leaving all of their worldly possessions to someone else under fraudulent means. If this is the case, it is likely that you will need the assistance of an estate lawyer. Here are some of the ways that they can help: avocat succession
– Some people like to give their benefactors some of their inheritance before they pass away, which is known as a ‘gift’. The main reason that this is done is that staggering out the receiving of gifts can actually lessen the amount of tax you would have to pay; receiving a large lump sum will actually require you to pay a fair chunk of tax. The government, however, may make a ruling that says you still have to pay a large amount of tax on these ‘gifts’, but an estate lawyer can help you to dispute this ruling.
– These days, most families are seen as being ‘non-traditional’, which simply means that they do not fit into the nuclear family category of mum, dad and two and a half kids. These sorts of non-traditional families include same sex couples, unmarried couples, single parent families and so on. If you are in a relationship that would fall into this category, you may find that an estate lawyer is able to draft a will and argue your case that ensures your last wishes are upheld.
– An estate lawyer can also handle the probation of a will, which is the name given to a process whereby a will is taken to probate court (once the author has passes away) so that it can be verified. A number of issues are checked in this process – the validity of the document, whether the contents of the will are being contested by another beneficiary, and whether the government has any claim to taxes on parts of the deceased’s estate. Any conflicts between beneficiaries are dealt with here.
Whilst there are, of course, a number of other ways that an estate lawyer can assist you with ensuring that your loved one’s final wishes are adhered to, the three factors outlined above are by far the most common areas where you will require assistance. If you believe that you have been unfairly left out of the will of a family member or you don’t believe that their will is a legitimate document, you will need to contact a lawyer who specializes in estates to help you out.