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Attorney Intake Questionnaire: Initial Meeting With Probate Lawyer

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If you are a responsible family member of a deceased person who died without a will or have been named as the "executor" or "personal representative" in a deceased person's will, it is advisable that you seek the counsel of an experienced probate lawyer to help you through the probate process. In order to do the best possible job, your attorney needs information about the deceased, the deceased's estate plan, and the deceased's assets and liabilities. At your first meeting with your attorney, you should be prepared to provide, as applicable, the following information:

 NAMES AND ADDRESSES Your Name(s):___________________________________ Mailing Address: _______________________________ ________________________________________________ Telephone Nos.: (Work)_______ (Home)_________ (Mobile)_________________ E-mail Address: ________________________ Your Relation to the Deceased: ________________ IDENTITY OF DECEASED Name of Deceased:_______________________________ Deceased's Date of Birth:_______________________ Deceased's Social Security Number:______________ ESTATE PLAN Did the Deceased have an existing Will(s)? [] Yes [] No (If yes, provide your attorney with a copy) Did the Deceased have an existing Trust(s)? [] Yes [] No (If yes, provide your attorney with a copy) FAMILY INFORMATION Was the Deceased's married? [] Yes [] No If yes, what is/was the name of the Deceased'sspouse? Is the Deceased's spouse still living? [] Yes [] No If no, when and where did the deceased spouse die? ___________________________________________ ________________________________________________ Deceased's Children:
Indicate Whether Date of Adopted or from a Name Birth Previous Marriage _______________ _________ ________________ _______________ _________ ________________ _______________ _________ ________________ _______________ _________ ________________ _______________ _________ ________________ Have any children received an advance on their inheritance or are any children financially indebted to the deceased? [] Yes [] No Any deceased children? [] Yes [] No If Yes, Name of Deceased Child:_________________ Did this deceased child leave any children? [] Yes [] No Name of Deceased Child:_________________________ Did this deceased child leave any children? [] Yes [] No Deceased's Grandchildren, if any:
Name Date of Birth Parents _______________ _________ ________________ _______________ _________ ________________ _______________ _________ ________________ _______________ _________ ________________ Other Pertinent Family Information or Explanation of Above Items: ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE Does the will or any other communication from the Deceased indicate who should be Personal Representative ("executor") of the Deceased's estate? (The Personal Representative is responsible for probating the will, paying debts, collecting the assets, and settling the estate.) [] Yes [] No If so, who? ________________________________________________ SAFE DEPOSIT BOX Did the Deceased have a safe deposit box? [] Yes [] NoIf so, where?___________________________________ Does anyone else have access to the box? _______ ________________________________________________ PROFESSIONALS Did the Deceased have an attorney? []Yes []No If Yes to the above, please give name and address: _______________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ Did the Deceased have an accountant? []Yes []No If Yes to the above, please give name and address: _______________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ Did the deceased have a financial planner, investment advisor or insurance agent? []Yes []No If Yes to the above, please give name and address: _______________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ INFORMATION REGARDING THE DECEASED'S ASSETS 1. Estimated net worth of estate: $____________ 2. To the extent possible, collect information and documents regarding the Deceased's accounts held at financial institutions: 3. To the extent possible, collect information and documents regarding the Deceased's investments: [] Cash or money fund accounts, or certificates of deposit with stock broker firms. [] Stocks, bonds, and mutual funds where the broker holds the certificates and sent the Deceased periodic statements showing the account balance. [] Mutual funds where the Deceased dealt directly with the issuing company rather than through a stock broker. [] Stocks and bonds (other than U.S. Savings Bonds) where the deceased held the certificates in your possession. [] U. S. savings bonds. [] Treasury bills or other government securities. [] Limited partnerships. [] Oil and gas royalty or working interests. [] Oil and gas mineral rights in land. [] Other securities [describe]___________ ______________________________________ 4. Retirement plans: [] Individual retirement accounts (IRAs), Keogh, or other individual plans providing tax deferment for deposits and income. [] Employer-provided profit sharing, retirement, or other benefit plans: 5. Real estate: [] Personal residence located in state of____________________________________ [] Other property. How many different parcels of real estate did the Deceased own, other than his/her personal residence?____________________________ In what state(s) are these parcels located?____________ Was the Deceased purchasing any of the above properties on a contract for deed? [] Yes [] No. If Yes, provide details: _____________ ______________________________________ ______________________________________ 6. Complete this section if the deceased was engaged in business. Do you own a business, or are you a partner in a business? [] Yes [] No If Yes, complete the following: [] Business is organized as a corporation. How many corporations? _______________ How many corporations are subchapter S corporations?_________________________ [] Business is organized as a partnership. How many partnerships?________________ [] Business is a sole proprietorship. How many different firms?_________________ 7. Receivables: If any money is owed to the Deceased, as payments on contracts, where the Deceased sold a business, as payments on obligations secured by real estate, or where the Deceased loaned money to someone and held a note, indicate each type of indebtedness: [] Promissory note(s) secured by real estate. Amount(s) owed:________________________ [] Installment contract(s) of sale of personal property. Amount(s) owed: _______________________________________ [] Unsecured promissory note(s). Amount(s) owed:__________________________________ 8. Life Insurance Policies: For life insurance policies insuring the Deceased, indicate the name of the insurance company, the face amount of the policy, and the type of policy. Type of Insurance Company Face Amount Policy ____________________ __________ _____________ ____________________ __________ _____________ ____________________ __________ _____________ ____________________ __________ _____________ 9. Annuities: Please indicate the name of the annuitant and the type of annuity. Do not listannuities under which no benefits are payable after the death of the annuitant. Regular annuities payable for guaranteed minimum term or amount: ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ Tax-deferred annuities: ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ 10. Personal property other than automobiles, trucks, boats, and trailers: [] Household furniture and appliances [] Collections, art, antiques, valuable jewelry [] Automobiles [] Boats [] Recreational vehicles [] Motor home [] Business machinery and equipment [] Personal equipment and tools [] Farm or ranch machinery and equipment (other than general tools) [] Livestock LIABILITIES (Make a list of known liabilities or debts of the deceased.) QUESTIONS (Make a list of pertinent questions to ask your attorney.)
Next Steps
Contact a qualified estate planning attorney to help with
the probate process.
(e.g., Chicago, IL or 60611)

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