Klenk Law

Dealing with an unresponsive attorney in Gloucester County

Posted on Tue Mar 10, 2015, on Estate Planning

I am a New Jersey resident serving as the Personal Representative of my mother’s Gloucester County, New Jersey Estate. I hired a Gloucester County attorney to probate the estate and help me administer the estate, but I cannot get her to return my calls. What can I do?

As the Personal Representative, the Probate Attorney works for you. You hire the Probate Attorney, and you can fire the Probate Attorney. Many attorneys fail to recognize that we work in a service industry, client satisfaction is important!

If you are not getting the service you expect, you can easily retain a new Probate Attorney and your first attorney must turn over the files to the new attorney. This happens more than you would think. Further, remember you are responsible for the estate’s progress.

If the Probate Attorney is not moving quickly enough, the beneficiaries may have a complaint against you. If deadlines are not met, especially tax deadlines, and interest or penalties are levied, you could be surcharged as the Executor or Personal Representative. The Probate Lawyer’s job is to keep you out of trouble, not create trouble.

If you have questions about avoiding Probate in Gloucester County, feel free to contact our office for a free consultation.

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