By Bruce Williams
DEAR BRUCE: I am an 82-year-old woman whose husband died recently. I was left as the trustee of an estate that is worth approximately $1 million, which includes real estate, a stock portfolio (that I manage quite well), bonds, CDs and personal items. My son is named executor in my will.
My lawyer has become unpleasant. At first I thought I would just change attorneys, but as I go about the business of closing my husband’s accounts and making necessary ownership reassignments, vehicle registrations and so forth, I am wondering why I need an attorney at all. —E.B.