What We Are Doing During the Current Pandemic
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Knowledgeable guidance from an estate planning professional
If you have recently lost a loved one, you may be intimidated by the probate process. Fortunately, an estate planning attorney can walk you through the steps, protect your rights, and look out for your best interests. At New Mexico Financial and Family, we understand your need to get through probate as quickly and painlessly as possible. Whether you need assistance with a formal or informal probate, intestate succession, or a contested probate matter, we provide you with personalized legal care until your case is resolved.
Competent legal service for New Mexico probate matters
Probate is the process of validating a will after a person’s death. Generally, the duration and complexity of probate depends on the size of the decedent’s estate, the soundness of their estate plan, and whether there are any will contests. Our attorneys have experience handling a wide range of probate issues, including:
- Formal probate — Formal probate is necessary when there are disputes between beneficiaries regarding the distribution of assets, the language of the will, or the amounts paid to creditors. Unlike formal probate, here, there is court hearing where a judge must approve certain actions and settle disputes.
- Informal probate — Informal probate is used when heirs cooperate, there are no creditors actions, and you do not anticipate any other problems or conflicts.
- Intestate succession — When a person dies without a will, their estate is divided in accordance with New Mexico’s intestate succession rules.
- Contested probate — Disagreements between beneficiaries, creditor disputes, and third party claims can disrupt the probate process.
- Family allowance in probate — Under New Mexico’s Uniformed Probate code, a decedent’s surviving spouse is entitled to thirty thousand dollars. If no surviving spouse exists, minor and dependent children are entitled to a family allowance of thirty thousand dollars split evenly.
The probate process varies greatly from family to family. With more than 25 years of legal experience, our firm has the knowledge and skill to help you through the most challenging estate planning matters.
Contact an experienced team of New Mexico probate lawyers
Located in Albuquerque, New Mexico Financial and Family has a hard-earned reputation for providing New Mexico residents with unparalleled legal service. No matter if you need advice on estate administration, or help settling a contested probate dispute, you can count on us to provide you with trusted counsel. For more information, or to discuss your case with an Albuquerque probate lawyer, call (505) 503-1637 or contact us online.