The following factors contribute to the chance of probate fraud in California:
- First of all, note that it is relatively easy to commit probate fraud without anyone noticing. This is because beneficiaries and heirs are often kept in the dark.
- Furthermore, probate accountings can be falsified. Unless someone is paying close attention, it can often go unchecked.
- Additionally, in an estate without a will, the administrator can leave rightful heirs off the probate documents. And, unless an heir is aware, the court may have no way of knowing.
- Also, people with access to any of the decedent’s property may be able to remove it before it is taken into account for purposes of the inventory.
- If a fake will is submitted and no one has reason to be suspicious, it can be approved by the probate court.
- Finally, if an executor, administrator, beneficiary, or heir hires an inexperienced San Diego probate attorney, the chances are higher that fraud could take place because the professional may not know what signs to look for.
In conclusion, in order to protect your inheritance and ensure that your rightful assets are not reduced as a result of fraud, it is vital that you play a diligent role in monitoring the probate administration process. Since most people do not have significant experience with probate, it is wise to seek the guidance of an experienced professional who can serve as your watchdog. For assistance in choosing the right professional for you, view our article, How Do I Find the Right Attorney for My California Probate Case?.
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An estate includes the things that a person owns. The things left by someone who has died can be distributed based on a Will, Trust, or Intestate laws. Estates have to be administered in the Probate Court if the estate meets certain criteria. See our Infographic on The Probate Process.
A person who benefits from a trust, will, or life insurance policy. This includes heir, heiress, inheritor, legatee; recipient, receiver, payee, donee, assignee; devisee, grantee.
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