Technically, the answer is “No”, however, the better question is, “Should I Get an Attorney?” The answer to that question is, “Yes”. In fact, many Registers of Wills highly recommend that you engage an attorney given the complexity of the estate administration process. If you do not have legal experience, the responsibilities and tasks associated with administering an estate can be overwhelming. When the administration of an estate is not properly handled, an executor, executrix, administrator or administratrix can be held personally liable for acting or failing to act appropriately. An experienced attorney can assist you with the administration process, help protect you from liability, explain your legal duties and responsibilities and make the process an easier experience. In addition to handling the normal estate administration process, an experienced attorney can also assist you with handling unexpected developments, including such things as defending the estate from questionable claims and creditors, dealing with challenges to the validity of a will, pursuing rightful claims on behalf of the estate, dealing with real estate and title issues, etc. Further, the attorney’s fee is typically paid directly from the assets of the estate and is considered a tax deductible administrative expense.
The Law Office of Joseph M. Adams can assist you throughout the entire estate administration and probate process. Please feel free to contact Mr. Adams directly at 215-996-9977.