Union City, NJ Probate Lawyers

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If you are mourning the recent death of a family member who lived in Union City, or had property in Union City, allow us to first say how very sorry we are for your loss. Death is hard no matter what the circumstances were. It’s tough on you emotionally, and it can also be tough legally and financially, as you may find yourself with the task of sorting out their remaining affairs. In New Jersey, if your deceased loved one didn’t have a trust, all of their possessions and assets may have to go through a court process known as probate before those can be officially given to you and to their other beneficiaries. 

Our compassionate Union City probate lawyers can explain your next steps, handle the paperwork for you, and guide you to the best resolution so you can focus on grieving in peace. Call today to schedule a free consultation and learn more. 

What Does Probate Involve?

Probate is time-consuming, expensive, and tedious. It can be complex, especially if your loved one has many heirs or left sizable/many assets behind. The goal of probate is to distribute a deceased person’s possessions to the right parties according to the terms of their will, or according to the terms of New Jersey’s intestate laws if there was no legal will. 

If you are the estate executor or personal representative who is appointed to oversee the probate process, you’ll have to complete a number of tasks related to settling the estate. These may include:

  • Submitting the will and death certificate to the appropriate court
  • Filing a petition to open a probate case
  • Formally notifying creditors, beneficiaries, and the public that a probate case has been opened
  • Gathering and inventorying your deceased loved one’s assets
  • Having those assets appraised
  • Settling outstanding debts with creditors
  • Filing any final tax returns and paying outstanding taxes
  • Administering remaining assets to the correct heirs
  • Closing the estate
  • And more.

How Our Union City Probate Lawyers Can Help

When you’re grieving, the last thing you want to be dealing with is this legal hassle, especially because it involves so much confusing legal documentation and time. On your own, you’d have to do research to figure out what’s required of you and make sure you don’t make mistakes that could lead to monetary fines or that could prolong the process. Our experienced Union City probate lawyers can make the process easier and simpler by telling you what you can expect, explaining your legal options and responsibilities, taking care of the court communications for you, negotiating with creditors to get the best deal, and more. Sometimes during probate, a creditor or disgruntled family member will file a lawsuit or claim on the estate; we can address any claims that may arise and fight aggressively on your behalf if needed to ensure your loved one’s wishes and legacy are honored. 

Why Choose The Law Offices Of Patel & Cardenas?

Because our attorneys have over 30 years of collective experience in many different practice ares (like real estate law, estate planning, bankruptcy, foreclosure defense, litigation, and others) that may intersect with probate, we are a great choice to represent you. We will do everything in our power to keep your case as straightforward as possible and achieve the most cost-effective outcome. Don’t wait, as there are certain deadlines you have to meet and because probate can take months or years even when you work quickly; call our Union City probate lawyers right now to book your free consultation and get started. We can help you move forward, faster. 

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