Hiring a probate lawyer means, Past Tense of the law. so some one is getting screwed.
Hiring a probate lawyer will protect the beneficiary. If there is a dispute amoungst the beneficiaries, then petitioning the court for a sit-down with the probate judge assigned can help move the case along. At least he/she and the beneficiaries know where they stand in the case and what is expected out of the executor(s). Things can get muddy without order.