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How to fire an estate attorney in Atlantic County?

Posted on Fri Jun 5, 2015, on Probate and Estate Administration

From our “Ask a Question” Mailbag: Firing an Atlantic County Estate Attorney

Most Recently Update July 14, 2018.

“I am a New Jersey resident serving as the Personal Representative of my mother’s Atlantic County, New Jersey estate. I hired a Atlantic 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?”

Firing an Atlantic County Estate Attorney

Firing an Atlantic County Estate Attorney

We hear questions like these more often than you might think, especially from families who have never really required the services of a skilled attorney. Hiring a lawyer can be intimidating, and it’s especially hard to focus on day-to-day tasks when you’re also dealing with grief. However, customer service means everything in every industry, especially ours. It’s not enough to assume that your probate attorney’s going to do their job if they’re seemingly too busy to communicate with you.

As the Personal Representative, the Probate Attorney works for you.

And because you hire the Probate Attorney, you can also fire the Probate Attorney.

Even if it takes you a little while to get a new attorney up to speed and for your files to get transferred to a new firm, I think that’s a far better outcome than waiting for the phone to ring. This shouldn’t even be a hassle—attorneys are required by law and by our professional ethics to honor client requests to turn over case files to a client’s new counsel.

Keep This in Mind

Remember, you are personally responsible for the estate’s progress. If your probate attorney is not moving quickly enough, you’re the one that beneficiaries and court officers will come after, not the attorney. If deadlines are not met, especially tax deadlines, and interest or penalties are levied, then you could be surcharged as the Executor or Personal Representative. Your Probate Lawyer’s job is to keep you out of trouble, not create trouble.

More Probate Questions?

Finding a good attorney to help administer an estate is only part of the overall probate process. By all means, if you wish to learn more, please read my more detailed article, The Probate Process All You Need to Know.

In Conclusion: Firing an Atlantic County Estate Attorney

I hope that this article was helpful in explaining how to fire an attorney. Further, I included links to even more detailed information on my website. Therefore, please contact me and let me know how I did. Certainly, your comments and questions are welcome!

Let our Probate Lawyers help walk you through what can be a confusing process. To begin with, call to speak to one of our experienced Probate Attorneys.  By all means, our lawyers are ready to answer your questions. In fact, feel free to contact our office for a free consultation. Ultimately our goal is to make the process as painless as possible!

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