Dealing with the loss of a loved one can be overwhelming. As you cope with your grief, you also have to think about how the estate is to be distributed per your loved one’s will or trust and if you must complete a probate. If you have been nominated to be the executor of a will or trustee of a trust, you will most likely be bombarded with demands from the beneficiaries, creditors and even the government. The Grossman Law Firm, APC guides executors, trustees, administrators, heirs and beneficiaries through the complex process of probating a will and a trust. Contact our probate and trust litigation attorneys today at (951) 683-3704 or (888) 443-6590 for a free 30-minute telephone consultation.
Probate When There is a Will
Many people are confused about how a will is probated. Probate, which refers to the legal process dealing with the administration of the estate, can be time consuming, especially if you are unfamiliar with the California Probate Rules. The law mandates court supervision before property passes to the heirs and beneficiaries. The probate process consists of the following steps:
- The will is submitted to the appropriate probate court
- The court appoints the executor
- Estate assets are gathered
- Notice is given to all heirs and creditors
- Debts of the estate are paid
- An accounting is filed with the probate court
- Money and assets of the estate are distributed according to the will
As the executor or administrator, you may be faced with various challenges, such as real estate that must be sold, pending legal claims against the estate, tax issues and unsatisfied beneficiaries who threaten to sue. A knowledgeable California probate attorney can help you overcome these obstacles and can provide the expert legal advice that is needed when probating a will.
How We Can Help
The Grossman Law Firm, APC, located in San Diego, Riverside and Temecula, California, focuses our practice to areas relating to wills and trusts. There are different plea and notice requirements relating to this area of law. Our experienced trust administration and probate attorneys are at the probate courts on a regular basis. We are able to help families quickly and efficiently transfer the estate assets from one generation to the next.
In addition to providing expert representation, attorney Scott Grossman is a probate specialist and has produced educational videos that discusses probate administration in California. He has also authored several books to help his clients, including the following:
- The Insider’s Guide to California Probate and Trust Administration – What every Californian should know about probate and trust administration after the death of a loved one is addressed in this book. Whether you are an executor, administrator, trustee, or beneficiary you need the information in this book!
Contact our San Diego law office at (951) 683-3704 or (888) 443-6590 for a free consultation regarding trust administration and litigation in California. Do not delay in seeking legal advice. Waiting too long can cost you time, money and frustration.
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