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Does an Executor Need to Hire an Estate Attorney Who Actually Lives in the Decedent's State?

  • November 16th, 2016
Q
I live in North Carolina and am the executor for my aunt who lives in New York. I need to hire an estate lawyer. Can I hire a lawyer who lives in North Carolina, or does the lawyer have to live in New York?  Or is it all about where the lawyer is approved to practice?
A

It is all about where the attorney is approved to practice, but we recommend hiring a lawyer practicing in the state where the probate administration will occur. Too much depends on local practice to rely simply on the laws as stated. In addition, a lawyer who is doing a lot of probate work in a particular court may be more efficient and thus less expensive than one who is handling a single case. To find an elder law attorney in New York, go here: http://www.elderlawanswers.com/new-york-elder-law-attorneys.

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Last Modified: 11/16/2016

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