Does it Matter What State I Hire an Estate Attorney in?
Estate planning can be a daunting process, so having an experienced attorney to help you navigate the process as seamlessly as possible can make all the difference. What if you hit a roadblock on your way to find an attorney? Well, we are here to help. If you are unsure which state to hire your estate attorney in, that is understandable. It can be especially complicated trying to decide where to hire an estate attorney if you have multiple residences, or if you own major assets in several states. However, you will be relieved to know that the answer is usually fairly straightforward and is more reliant on where you live permanently than on where your assets are located.
Where to Hire an Estate Attorney
If you are in need of an estate attorney, you should start by consulting with one who works in the state where you are domiciled. Legally, being domiciled in a state means that you live there and have no plans to leave or stop living there. For instance, if you move to Florida or live in Florida with the intention of staying here, you are currently domiciled in Florida. Therefore, it makes sense to hire an attorney who is licensed to practice law in Florida. The attorney must be licensed to practice in Florida because the probate court will be located in Florida, and they will not be able to represent you or your interests in distributing the estate if your lawyer is only licensed in another jurisdiction.
It is important to remember that probate court for your estate will take place wherever you were domiciled at the time of your death, so wherever you are living is where it makes sense to seek legal counsel. If you move to another state, you should consult with a local estate attorney to ensure that your will and any trusts are updated appropriately and that any necessary actions are taken. If a loved one has passed and you need to hire an attorney to contest or assist in administering their will, you should hire an attorney in the state where they lived at the time of their death as that is where probate court will be held. However, if they died intestate (without a will) and owned assets in multiple states, you may need to retain counsel in other states where the property is located to ensure that it is handled correctly. A local attorney is always a good place to start. They can come up with a legal strategy that meets all your needs, including out-of-state property and if you should need to contest a will.
Schedule a Consultation with the SG Firm
If you are in need of an attorney to assist you with creating an estate plan and protecting your assets and interests, the experienced estate law and probate attorneys at the SG Firm, located in Atlanta, Florida, are here to help. Contact the SG Firm today to schedule a consultation.