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Ensuring A Fair And Orderly Probate Process

Probate or estate administration is a legal process that takes place after someone passes away in order to pay the decedent’s debts in a fair and orderly manner and to ensure that heirs receive their lawful share of the estate. In California, when somebody dies without a will and without designating an executor, the court appoints an administrator to handle the probate process. This process includes:

  • Proving that a will is valid if there is one, or identifying the closest living relatives who are entitled to inherit by law if there is no will
  • Identifying and inventorying the decedent’s property
  • Appraising any property
  • Paying outstanding debts and taxes, and distributing the remaining property as the will directs

The probate process can be timely and complicated, involving paperwork and court appearances. Any attorney or lawyer fees are paid from the funds in the estate.

Settling Inheritance Disputes And Will Contests

Probate can be a smooth process if everyone cooperates. But often one or more family members contest the distribution of property, which can lead to lengthy disputes.

We believe these disputes should always be solved through mediation, as no trial judge has the time necessary to understand the case as well as a mediator can. But realistically, these cases sometimes require litigation, and we strive to protect your beneficiary rights and facilitate a fair probate process.

The goal of our firm in Glendale is to help make this process as painless for you and your family as possible. Schedule a free consultation to get the help you need. Call 800-577-7102 or send us an email to get started.