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McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland

Probate Lawyer | Serving Louisville, KY

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502-443-0767

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McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland offers a broad range of services to meet the ever-changing and growing needs of its clients through offices in Frankfort, Lexington and Greenup, Kentucky. MML&K has a group of attorneys and support staff with the background to counsel clients in virtually every aspect of the law. The members of the firm have served in a variety …

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Kentucky Elder Law PLLC

Probate Lawyer | Louisville, KY

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502-581-1111

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At Kentucky ElderLaw, PLLC we help you understand your long-term care planning options, the benefits that may be available to help pay for care, and the estate planning needed to access those benefits, and we make sure your heirs are taken care of. People are excited to learn they don’t have to spend their life savings on the nursing home and that veteran’s …

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Louisville Probate Information

Understanding Probate

When an individual dies leaving a will, the legal process that takes place is called probate. Probate refers to how an estate is administered and processed through the legal system.

Probate Lawyers

The probate process can be confusing and overwhelming considering the circumstances. A Louisville probate lawyer will help with the management of the decedent's estate, any trusts he or she may have as well as any guardianships or conservatorships in question.

Probate cases often become very detailed and a probate lawyer will help ensure the rights of the deceased are fully protected. Attorneys also have the sensitivity to family dynamics and are knowledgeable in common problems with probate cases.

Top Questions to Ask When Hiring an Attorney

  • How many years have you been practicing law? How long have you practiced law in the local area?
  • How many cases similar to mine have you handled in the past?
  • What is the likely outcome for my case?

In legal practice, experience matters. An experienced attorney will likely have handled issues similar to yours many, many times. Therefore, after listening to your situation, the attorney should have a reasonable idea of the time line for a case like yours and the likely resolution.

How to Prepare for Your Initial Consultation

Prepare for your consultation by writing down notes of your understanding of the case, jot down questions and concerns for the attorney, and gather your documents. Remember that you are trying to get a sense of whether the attorney has your trust and can help you address your legal issues. Questions should include how the attorney intends to resolve your issue, how many years he/she has been practicing law and specifically practicing in your area, as well as how many cases similar to yours the attorney has handled. It can also be helpful to broach the subject of fees so that you understand the likely cost and structure of your representation by a specific attorney and/or legal team.

How will an attorney charge me?

A reputable attorney will be very upfront about how he/she will charge you. The three most common fee structures that attorneys use to charge for their services are:

  • Bill by the hour
  • Contingent fee agreement
  • Flat fee agreement

Depending on your specific legal situation, it's possible that only one type of fee structure is available. For instance, criminal defense attorneys almost always bill by the hour. In a flat fee arrangement, an attorney accepts a one-time payment to help you resolve your issue. With a contingent fee agreement, the client pays little to nothing upfront and the attorney receives a percentage of the money recovered if you win your case.

Common legal terms explained

Pro se - This Latin term refers to representing yourself in court instead of hiring professional legal counsel. Pro se representation can occur in either criminal or civil cases.

Statute - Refers to a law created by a legislative body. For example, the laws enacted by Congress are statutes.

Subject matter jurisdiction - Requirement that a particular court have authority to hear the claim based on the specific type of issue brought to the court. For example, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court only has subject matter jurisdiction over bankruptcy filings, therefore it does not have the authority to render binding judgment over other types of cases, such as divorce.

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Court Locations in Louisville, KY

Jefferson County Judicial Center

700 W Jefferson St, Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: (502) 595-3025

Louis D. Brandeis Hall of Justice

600 W Jefferson St, Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: (502) 595-2391 

Kentucky Court of Justice

700 W Jefferson St, Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: (502) 595-3007