Our Probate Lawyer Provides Legal Representation
When an individual dies, their debts have to be paid and their assets, including property and money, have to be distributed. If the decedent did not have a living trust, then the probate process may be necessary, even if there is a will. Many states throughout the country follow the Uniform Probate Code; however, California does not. The state of California has its own probate code, which is complex. You can benefit from enlisting the assistance of a Huntington Beach estate planning lawyer from our firm.
Summary of Probate Steps
At Sterzer & Associates, A Law Corporation, we are dedicated to helping clients understand the steps that must be taken during the probate process. After a loved one has died, you must first determine whether probate is necessary. In California, probate is necessary if the value of all property not held in trust and not passing by beneficiary designation or right of survivorship exceeds $150,000. If probate is necessary, the estate representative must present the will, if one exists, to the probate court. As you pursue probate on behalf of your deceased loved one, obtain guidance from our Huntington probate attorney so that every aspect of the process is handled correctly.
Probate begins after a petition is submitted to the probate court to initiate the proceedings. Important probate actions include:
- Identification of the decedent's assets
- Appraisal of the property
- Distribution of assets to heirs
- Transfer of assets
- Paying off creditors
- Fulfillment of tax obligations
- Selling of necessary property
- Accounting and Report to the court
At Sterzer & Associates, A Law Corporation, we can help you through probate. Without proper assistance, it can become extremely complicated, especially with large estates, and certain property could be distributed in ways that conflict with the family's wishes. Common complications to probate consist of having no will present, legal challenges to the will, and complex estates. Securing the service of a Huntington Beach probate attorney can help make the process run smoothly. Contact us today to schedule a consultation!