Sunday, January 14, 2018
Probate attorneys in DC mum on the great expense estates encounter
WJLA in Washington DC has a story "Losing Everything in Probate Court" (by Nathan Baca, “7 on Your Side” ) about the perils of winding up in probate court. It is particularly dangerous when a disabled adult winds up under conservatorship or guardianship and then passes away. It aired on Saturday night, Jan. 13, 2018, an unusual time.
Heirs find that court-appointed attorneys sell assets to pay back their own hefty fees.
The problem seems particularly severe in the District of Columbia.
The broadcast recommended considering revocable trusts as a way of preventing probate.