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Probate Administration

Bridge Legal Offers Probate Administration Services

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.

Probate Administration: An Overview

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:

  • You will need to prepare and file certain documents with the court to initiate the probate proceeding, as well as pay any necessary court filing fees.
  • The Probate Court will then set a date for a court hearing. At the hearing, the judge will appoint a personal representative, or “administrator,” who will have primary responsibility for carrying out the court’s orders. In California, the administrator may be anyone over the age of 18 capable of fulfilling the duties of the role. The administrator is typically a surviving family member of the deceased person.
  • The administrator will be responsible for preparing an inventory of all assets in the deceased person’s estate and identifying potential creditors that may have claims on those assets. The deceased person’s creditors will need to be notified of the probate process, and the administrator may need to pay bills or other debts out of the estate before any assets can be distributed to inheritors. In addition, the administrator is responsible for:
    • protecting the assets in the estate;
    • paying taxes on behalf of the estate; and
    • selling estate property, if necessary to pay debts or taxes, which may require court approval. Under California law, the administrator is entitled to compensation for performing these duties, and that payment is also made from the estate.
  • After all bills and other debts have been paid, the court will approve the final accounting of the estate and the distribution of any remaining estate assets. The administrator may then request that the court close the estate, completing the probate process.

How Can a Los Angeles Probate Attorney Help?

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.

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  • Probate Dispute
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