Your loved one has passed away, and you and your family may be facing a probate process to determine what will happen to their home and other assets, as well as any outstanding debts they may have owed. Many people in your position have never been through a legal process or appeared in court, and the prospect is often intimidating. During an already difficult emotional time, you should not have to go through this challenging experience alone.
A knowledgeable Los Angeles probate attorney can guide you through the probate administration procedure in California from beginning to end and will ensure that you understand what to expect. With Bridge Legal as your partner, you can have peace of mind knowing that we will work diligently on your behalf to help you successfully navigate the probate process.
The first step of any probate process is to determine whether a probate proceeding is required. Our Los Angeles probate attorneys can work with you to decide whether or not you will need to go through probate, based on the size of your deceased loved one’s estate and the specifics of any estate planning documents your loved one may have put in place.
If your loved one did not leave a will (in other words, if they died “intestate”), court-supervised probate administration would generally be required if the total value of financial and real property assets in the estate exceeds the threshold amount established by state law. Even if your loved one left a will, if that will was not properly executed, some form of probate process could be necessary to prove its validity or to appoint an executor who will carry out the instructions in the will.
Once you have determined that probate is necessary, the probate process generally involves the following steps:
The typical probate process in California can take up to two years to complete. Without the help of an experienced probate attorney, the process can be unnecessarily complicated and may take even longer.
Bridge Legal can assist with all aspects of the probate process, from preparing an inventory of the estate to identifying and notifying creditors, drafting documents to be filed with the court and speaking for you in the courtroom if needed. These tasks can be overwhelming if you are not familiar with legal procedures. If the probate process becomes contentious – which is not uncommon – Bridge Legal can also represent your interests in probate litigation.
Call or text us today or contact us online for a free consultation to discuss how Bridge Legal can help ease your family’s burden following the death of a loved one.