Knowledgeable Legal Help For California Probate
If you have lost a family member and are facing the probate process, you may feel overwhelmed by the complex legal and financial issues involved. There are multiple probate options available in California. The correct probate process to be used in your situation depends on the value of the estate and other factors.
At the Law Office of Alec Harshey, our attorneys are here to guide you through every step of the probate and estate administration process, helping you achieve your legal goals in the most favorable, cost-effective manner possible.
Our clients include heirs, beneficiaries, estate administrators, executors and other parties with interest in a probate matter. Contact us at 877-824-8147 to arrange a consultation with an experienced Hemet probate lawyer.
Probate, Estate And Trust Administration In California
Probate is the court-supervised process for administering someone’s estate upon their death. If the person had a will, the probate process follows their expressed wishes. If the person died intestate (without a will), their property is distributed according to California’s intestate succession laws. In either case, the court appoints an individual — known as the executor or personal representative — to settle the estate. If the decedent had some or all of the assets in trust(s), the trust administrator (trustee) has specific responsibilities as well.
Our role is to advise and assist the personal representative or trustee with the probate proceedings and estate administration duties, which may include:
- Gathering the decedent’s assets
- Paying creditors and debts
- Selling property if necessary
- Distributing the remainder of the estate to heirs and beneficiaries
- Disbursements from the trust and ongoing trust management
- Accounting and reporting requirements
Probate and trust administration can be an overwhelming responsibility, especially if you are in charge of settling a large or unorganized estate. Our lawyers provide a guide map and we can step in to assist as needed. If you live out of state (or at the other end of California), many tasks can be completed by phone, mail or email to reduce your travels. We get to know our clients so that we can be of better service.
We’re Here When Probate Problems Arise
The probate process does not always run smoothly. Disputes between beneficiaries can cause significant delays. Our attorneys are well-versed in the nuances of California probate laws, and are skilled advocates for clients engaged in will disputes, trust litigation and other contentious legal matters. We are prepared to protect your rights throughout the process.
It’s A Big Job. We Make It Easier.
If you are seeking representation for a probate court or trust-related matter in California, the Law Office of Alec Harshey is here to help. Contact us today at 877-824-8147 to arrange with one of our attorneys.