Attorney Intake Questionnaire: Initial Meeting with Probate Lawyer

When a love one dies without a will, or if you have been chosen as the executor or personal representative on the will of a person who died, your best first course of action will be to work with an experienced probate lawyer who could help you go through the possibly complex probate process.

Your probate lawyer would need essential information upon your fist meeting regarding the deceased, their estate plan, and assets and liabilities so be prepared. The following is a form that may help you prepare for that important first meeting with your lawyer. They may ask for more information when necessary, but these information will be a good start for the first meeting:

DEATH

 INTAKE QUESTIONNAIRE:  Initial Meeting With Probate Lawyer

 

NAMES AND ADDRESSES

Your Name:    __________________________________________________________

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 married?    [       ] Yes       [        ]  No

If yes, what is/was the name of the Deceased’s spouse?

Is the Deceased’s spouse still living?  [       ] Yes       [        ]  No

If no, when and where did the deceased spouse die? ______________________________

Deceased’s Children:

Name                                           Date of Birth                       Indicate Whether Adopted or from a 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       [        ]  No

If 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.

Did the Deceased own a business, or was he/she 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.

Insurance Company                            Face Amount              Type of Policy

______________________                __________              ___________

______________________                __________              ___________

______________________                __________              ___________

______________________                __________              ___________

 

9.         Annuities: Please indicate the name of the annuitant and the type of annuity.  Do not list annuities 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.)

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