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From New Jersey. My wife passed away 2-9-2018 she owed 3…

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Paul from New Jersey. My wife passed away 2-9-2018 she owed 3 credit card companies in her name. She left a very small estate. Do I need a probate lawyer?

Lawyer's Assistant: What state is this in? And when did the issue begin?

New Jersey Feb 9th 2018

Lawyer's Assistant: What documents or supporting evidence do you have?

Three credit card accounts seeking payment from her estate.

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

She left a savings account in her name. less than $500.00 Everything else was jout

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Estate Lawyer: Nisha Jones,
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I'm sorry for your loss.

Yes, you should consider hiring a probate attorney if several creditors are trying to collect against her estate and if you have several jointly held accounts. An attorney can help protect your interests and assets from debt collectors.

You can contact the New Jersey State Bar for a referral to a probate lawyer in your area.

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