Everyone should have a simple will and a medical directive to give someone the authority to act if he or she is too sick to act. Death is a difficult time for families. Having documents to guide your family takes away some of the stress and animosity and allows them to grieve. If you have a will, you can rest assured that your assets will be distributed in a way that you believe is fair and spare your family a huge burden. Distributing assets depends on the size of your estate. A knowledgeable attorney can determine the quickest and easiest way to get someone the authority to act and get the estate distributed.
Probate courts do other things in addition to handling estates. This includes guardianships, conservatorships, mental health proceedings, and more. A family law attorney can help you deal with probate court if you have elderly parents who are no longer capable of making informed decisions or need help managing their finances or have children with disabilities who will need a guardian when they reach age 18.