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Burbank Probate Attorney
Probate Administration

“Failing to plan is planning to FAIL.” - Ben Franklin

What is Probate Administration?

"As the attorneys for an estate, we help the Executor deal with the California Probate Court system and carry out their responsibilities as skillfully and efficiently as possible. We are a great resource for out of town adult children that are faced with dealing with Probate issues in Southern California."

The death of a family member is always difficult, and administering the probate estate of a loved one can be legally and emotionally challenging. As the attorneys for an estate, we help the Executor carry out their responsibilities as skillfully and efficiently as possible. Our attorneys and paralegals work closely with the Executor to complete the administration of the probate estate as expeditiously as possible, and we guide and advise the Executor regarding his or her responsibilities to discharge such duties. The probate of an estate provides a significant opportunity to save estate taxes and to adjust for changes in the decedent's family or other circumstances after the execution of his/her will. As experienced California probate lawyers, we are skilled and ready to help.

Helping You With Probate Administration

Probate Administration includes the probate process, as well as non-probate transfers of the deceased's assets, such as life insurance, annuities, qualified retirement plans, and trust assets and compliance with applicable estate tax requirements. Our team of experts assists the Trustee of the estate in the gathering, valuation, accounting and distribution of the decedent's assets. We verify that federal estate tax returns are prepared, as well as prepare any other legal requirements in accordance with the law.

When a person dies with a Will (or no Will), assets in the decedent's name alone must be probated to transfer title. Assets held in the names of both husband and wife do not need to be probated. Any assets left in the will for the benefit of a person other than the surviving spouse are subject to probate. Some assets are not subject to Probate, these assets include but are not limited to, joint tenancy property, and insurance proceeds not payable to the estate, and retirement benefits not payable to the estate.

The Probate process starts with filing the Original Will with the appropriate Court, or if there is no Will filing a request that the Court determine who the heirs are so the property can pass by intestate succession. The Court will determine the validity of any Will. Whether or not there is a Will, the Court will appoint a person to Administer the estate, that person is known as an executor, administrator or personal representative.

The personal representative must collect the assets subject to probate, pay debts and death taxes, and request Court authorization to distribute assets to the person named in the will or to the decedent's heirs.

In California the personal representative and attorney are each entitled to minimum fees as set forth by the California Probate Code according to the following schedule;

4% of the First $100,000
$4,000
3% of the Next $100,000
$3,000
2% of the Next $800,000
$16,000
1% of the Next $9,000,000
$90,000

**Attorneys may also charge extraordinary fees based on their hourly rate. This fee is calculated on the "estate accounted for" or generally the gross estate.

The Sale of Real Property is supervised by the Court who will set a minimum price, and the property may be sold at Public Auction in court.

The Probate process usually takes nine months to two years or longer; however, the size and complexity of the probate estate determines the actual duration of the probate. Upon final distribution and transfer of all probate assets to the appropriate persons, the court discharges the personal representative. We are ready to help you through this complicated process!

We are proud to be a part of the complete solution to your family's crisis, not just the lawyers that create the legal documents. We understand the issues surrounding a person dying and the their loved ones having to deal with the court system to close their estate.

After a thorough review of the best strategies and most cost effective process for the Probate Process and explain the statutory attorney fees and the scope of work, we will structure a comprehensive plan to help you through this complex legal process created specifically to for your situation.

We are very proud of the many personal and professional referrals we receive from happy clients and colleagues. Please contact our office today to schedule a free 30 minute consultation.

Take advantage of a free phone consultation or appointment for a free 30 minute consultation to review your individual situation and determine if you would benefit from our experience and legal services.

Call us at: (818) 241-4238

We are highly experienced and caring law firm that has earned an excellent reputation as trusted California Estate Planning Attorneys, California Elder Law Lawyers, & California Assets Protection Attorneys - serving clients throughout California and specifically in Los Angeles County in Asset Protection, Probate, Wills, Living Trusts, Special Needs Trusts, Medi-Cal Asset Protection Irrevocable Trusts, Irrevocable Trusts, Charitable Remainder Trusts, Conservatorships, Guardianships, Medi-CAL Qualifications for clients with assets, protecting from Medi-Cal Estate Recovery, elderly care legal issues, Disability Planning. Our staff is trained to communicate with you making you comfortable about our progress and while we expedite your legal matters. Our clients are individuals and families generally located in Burbank-Los Angeles or Southern California area. We have successfully represented and assisted clients in Central and Northern California, as well as helping individuals in cities throughout the United States that have family members living in the state of California, with their legal concerns. We have a 100% success rate of helping families with assets qualify or keep Medi-Cal benefits in California. We occasionally love a road trip to help clients out of the immediate Los Angeles area.

 

 
 
 
 

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