Irvine Probate Administration Attorneys
Helping Clients Tasked with Administering a Loved One’s Estate
Probate is a court procedure where a deceased person’s assets are administered to ensure that all creditors are paid, all rights of the beneficiaries and heirs are protected, and the estate assets are properly and fairly distributed according to a valid Will or pursuant to California law. Probate takes anywhere between nine months and two years and can be very complicated. We routinely help Probate Executors and/or Administrators navigate the complex web of California Probate Law. Because we handle these cases on a regular basis, we are very familiar with the process, with the Courts, and with the law.
If you have been named as a probate executor or administrator, we are at the ready to put our 50+ years of experience to work for you in order to make the process go as smoothly as possible. Moreover, if disputes arise, our litigation department is well-equipped to handle any litigation in the probate process – no matter how small, and no matter how large.
We Assist Personal Representatives with Estate Administration
If the deceased person had a will and a person is named in the will as the executor, that person has priority to be appointed by the court as the executor. If there is no will, then any interested family member or person can petition the court to be the administrator of the estate.
Executors and administrators are generically referred to as personal representatives. We represent personal representatives on a regular basis and ensure that they comply with all required laws and legal procedures. We are well-versed in all of the probate court processes, and our goal is to ensure that our clients move the estate swiftly and efficiently through probate.
Being a personal representative is a big responsibility. California’s probate code contains hundreds of pages of complex legal rules and procedures that a personal representative must follow in the course of a probate. If a personal representative violates any of these rules, they can be held personally liable for losses to the estate. For these reasons, it is imperative that all personal representatives are represented by competent legal counsel who has extensive experience in dealing with these matters.
Also, there are certain deadlines that an executor must meet in filing papers with the court. It is imperative that any person so named in a will contacts an attorney as soon as possible after the death of the decedent in order to avoid legal liability. In extreme cases, that person can be held financially liable for failing to abide by their legal duties.
For more than 25 years, we have represented executors and administrators in the California’s courts. Our attorneys are very familiar with all of the legal rules and procedures governing these actions, and we assist our clients to ensure that that they carry out all of their obligations under the law and are duly protected.
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