Can I probate a Will without hiring an attorney?

Most people do not realize that there are different ways to probate a Will and that the wording in a Will must meet several legal requirements mandated by law. If the Will does not meet the legal requirements or if the decedent died without a Will, (intestate) an administrator may need to be appointed. All probate procedures require legal paperwork, some more than others, to be filed with the County Clerk and presented to the Judge who will hear the probate case. We do not have the paperwork and more importantly, we cannot give you legal advice as to which probate procedure would best suit the decedent’s estate and whether or not you properly prepared your paperwork. The risk of an error is too great and the consequences could lead to a denial of the probate procedure, in which your filing fees would not be refunded and could even lead to law suits. The County Clerk’s office strongly recommends that an attorney be hired for this very important procedure. However, if you insist on trying to go through a probate procedure yourself (pro-se), please go to this link, for additional information.

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1. How do I get a copy of a Last Will and Testament?
2. Can I file my Will in the County Clerk’s office?
3. Can I probate a Will without hiring an attorney?
4. How do I get additional Letters of Testamentary?