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By: Scott Grossman on October 18th, 2016

What a Probate Attorney Can Do for You in California Probate

California law does not require you to have an attorney to probate an estate, but the process is complicated. Furthermore, California probate requires close work with the probate court, and even a very minor mistake can dramatically impact those set to inherit from the decedent’s estate. Consequently, using a knowledgeable California probate lawyer will not just help you meet all your deadlines and get all the necessary paperwork out, it will help protect you against liability.

Services a probate attorney will provide:

  • Initiating proceedings with California probate court
  • Determining any actions necessary with the assets of the estate
  • Referring you to other professionals necessary to complete probate
  • Drafting and filing necessary pleadings
  • Appearing at probate-related hearings on your behalf
  • Drafting the inventory and appraisal of estate and filing it with court
  • Advising you on the best procedure if you need to sell real estate
  • Sending notification directly to known creditors
  • Reviewing incoming creditor’s claims with you for any necessary actions
  • Keeping heirs and beneficiaries notified on estate status
  • Advising you on what checks you need to issue
  • Drafting deeds needed to convey real estate
  • Following through on paperwork and receipts for you once the estate has been distributed

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