Am I required to have an attorney in Probate Court?
In general, a person has the right to represent oneself in legal proceedings. However, this is discouraged. Persons representing themselves are taking a serious risk in doing so. Legal proceedings involve statutes, court rules, deadlines; and other factors of which non-lawyers may not be aware. A person representing oneself is held to the same standards as if he or she is a lawyer. The judge is not allowed to give advice to the individual who attempts to represent oneself.
Also, it is important to understand that the Courts will not allow a person to represent oneself in his or her capacity as a fiduciary, such as executor, administrator, conservator, or guardian. The reason for this distinction is that in those capacities there are other people involved, such as heirs, beneficiaries under a will, or creditors. While serving as a fiduciary the person is not just representing oneself and therefore must have an attorney.

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1. How do I search for Probate Records?
2. How do I view documents?
3. What are Court hours?
4. Do I have a to probate a will?
5. Am I required to have an attorney in Probate Court?
6. Can you refer me to an attorney?
7. What is a Small Estate Affidavit?
8. How long do I have to probate a will?
9. What is the average cost to probate a will?
10. How do I change a name? How much does it cost?
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