California residents who are going through estate or probate-related issues for the first time will likely need a lot of guidance. These fields are both packed with tons of legal terminology and red tape, and one wrong move can end up costing you a lot of time or money. But when should you reach out for the help of a lawyer?
Forbes has an article detailing numerous different scenarios in which it's alright - or even encouraged - to contact a lawyer for help. Unsurprisingly, estate administration is specifically mentioned. In this particular instance, it's categorized as being such a complex legal field that there's a very slim chance of you actually being able to handle it in an "easy way". Many misleading infomercials, for example, will say that you can craft an estate plan online when this simply isn't true. In fact, handling things in this way will often just create more work for you and any lawyer you might hire later down the line.
It's also generally suggested for you to get a lawyer if you're dealing with any sort of contract. This is especially true when it comes to either large sums of money, or commitments that are intended to last over a long period of time. Contracting can sometimes relate to either probate or real estate, especially if there is a lot of money to be inherited or if the estate is quite large.
In the end, even if you think you can handle estate planning or probate issues on your own, it would really benefit you to have the guidance of an experienced lawyer. When it comes to securing funds for heirs and making sure your family has less of a legal headache upon your passing, you don't want to risk any mistakes.