Do I need an attorney to apply for files?

We cannot mandate that you use an attorney. However, unless you know what, how, and when to do each step of the estate process, we urge you to at least speak to an attorney regarding the estate. Due to litigation liability, employees in this office cannot make any determinations or instruct you in any manner as to what is required to administer an estate. Also, we are not permitted aid in the preparation of any forms.

Moreover, if you raise an estate and later discover it was not necessary to do so, we cannot refund any of the filing fees.

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1. What does "probate" mean?
2. Are all wills open to the public?
3. Why is a will registered or probated?
4. What does "intestate" mean?
5. What is a short certificate?
6. When does a will get registered and filed?
7. Why do you keep the original will?
8. I can only find a copy of the will I'd like to offer for probate. What can I do?
9. What are Letters Testamentary / Letters of Administration?
10. Do I need an attorney to apply for files?
11. Who can be appointed administrator?
12. What do I need to open an estate?
13. Can your office help me prepare the inheritance tax form?