Should I Hire an Estate Planning Attorney Now That I Am a Widow?

Many estates are simple enough where no help is needed, but there are several situations where anyone would be much better off getting some professional support.

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Not everyone needs to hire a lawyer when their husband dies. However, there are some circumstances that make you a good candidate for handling the estate with a professional at your side. Of course, not every one of them needs to apply to your situation — but the more that do, the more critical it will be to hire a qualified estate planning attorney.

Here are four types of estate situations that could call for professional legal help.

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Stacy Francis, CFP®, CDFA®, CES™
President & CEO, Francis Financial Inc.

Stacy is a nationally recognized financial expert and the President and CEO of Francis Financial Inc., which she founded 15 years ago. She is a Certified Financial Planner® (CFP®) and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® (CDFA®) who provides advice to women going through transitions, such as divorce, widowhood and sudden wealth. She is also the founder of Savvy Ladies™, a nonprofit that has provided free personal finance education and resources to over 15,000 women.