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Probate Lawyer or Probate Litigation Attorney?

Wed Mar 31, 2021 | Probate |

No one likes conflict, but conflicts over a will can be especially trying. It’s not uncommon for the personal representative, heirs, or beneficiaries to know that a conflict will arise and be difficult to get resolved. As a result, they begin wondering if they should hire an attorney. Unfortunately, some of the wording can make it difficult for non-lawyers to know what kind of lawyer they will need. If you are a party to an estate that is in dispute, a Boca Raton probate litigation attorney can provide you with the guidance you need. 

Lawyer vs. Attorney

The first question many people have is whether a lawyer and an attorney are the same thing. Technically, a lawyer is someone who is trained in the law. An attorney, on the other hand, is someone who is licensed to practice in a particular jurisdiction. That said, the words “lawyer” and “attorney” are used interchangeably in common usage.  As a result, a Boca Raton probate lawyer would provide the same services as a Boca Raton probate attorney. 

Probate Lawyer vs. Probate Litigation Attorney

This is a little more complex. Some probate lawyers also handle probate litigation matters, while others only handle uncontested estate matters. The only way to know is to review the lawyer’s website or speak with them on the phone or in-person to see what types of matters they handle. When speaking with them, be up-front and as detailed as possible about the type of conflict you are facing. A Boca Raton litigation attorney will want to know as much about your dispute as possible so that they can determine whether or not they can help you. 

Are There Lawyers That Do Both?  

Yes, there are probate litigation attorneys that handle uncontested probate matters as well. Here are some advantages of hiring a lawyer that handles uncontested probate matters as well as probate litigation: 

  • They can provide a global perspective and explain all of your options, including those options you have if you do not want to pursue litigation.
  • They can handle your estate case from start to finish, regardless of whether or not the case proceeds to litigation. 
  • In the event disputes arise during probate, they can provide seamless representation if litigation becomes necessary. This minimizes delays and the potential for additional costs. 

When You Need a Boca Raton Probate Litigation Attorney

Wills are admitted to probate in the jurisdiction where the decedent died. This means that for someone who died in Florida, their probate case must be filed in Florida, regardless of where the will was drafted or where they lived most of their life. As a result, if you need a probate litigation attorney, you need one that is licensed to practice in the state of Florida. 

Speak with a Boca Raton Probate Litigation Attorney at Ellis Law Group

If you’re facing a dispute in your estate, a Boca Raton probate litigation attorney at Ellis Law Group has the knowledge, experience, and skill you need to get it resolved. To schedule an appointment to discuss your case, contact us today at 561-910-7500.