It is always advisable to hire an experienced California lawyer to handle probate matters because the applicable laws are numerous and often complex. We will work with you to navigate the probate process smoothly, allowing you to reap its benefits—such as the elimination of creditors’ claims against the property of the deceased person (the decedent) and the guarantee that the property will pass to the rightful heirs (the beneficiaries)—while avoiding the potentially significant and costly errors that are commonly made by less experienced probate attorneys.
When someone who owns property in California dies, a California court may need to oversee the transfer of property ownership from the decedent’s estate to the heirs, regardless of whether or not the individual has a will. This oversight process is called probate. Probate typically occurs when the decedent owns real estate valued at as little as $100,000 or has other property worth more than $150,000.
To the extent possible, probate should be avoided, and although there are many different techniques that exist under California probate law that can allow someone to avoid probate, there will be cases when probate cannot be avoided, and the process must be started in order to transfer ownership of the decedent’s property to the rightful heirs.
In addition to administering a decedent’s estate, as well as identifying and distributing assets to beneficiaries, we also offer services for other issues that may require the attention of a probate court, including the following:
• Lost wills
• Will contests
• The removal of executors and trustees
• Petitions for probate
• Post-Mortem tax planning