Probate laws are numerous and often complex. Therefore, it is always advisable to hire an experienced California lawyer to handle probate matters. We will work with you to navigate the probate process efficiently which will give you great benefits such as reduced risk of creditor’s claims against the deceased person’s property (the decedent) and the guarantee that the property will pass to the rightful heirs (the beneficiaries)- while avoiding potentially significant and costly errors that are commonly made by less experienced probate attorneys.
When a California property owner dies (decedent), a California court may need to oversee the transfer of property ownership from the decedent’s estate to the heirs, regardless of whether the individual has a will. This oversight process is called probate. Probate typically occurs when the decedent owns real estate valued at more than $100,000 or has personal 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 such as: