Probate Lawyer in Los Angeles and Rancho Cucamonga
We Can Help You in Los Angeles & San Bernardino County
How comfortable would you be handling a sensitive legal matter that could make you personally liable for a mistake? What if it came at a time when you were mourning the loss of a loved one? Most people wouldn’t be ready or capable under these circumstances, which is why many people turn to a probate attorney for help with a loved one’s estate.
At The Blue Law Group, we have more than a decade of experience helping clients like you deal with the legal processes involved in administering and closing a loved one’s estate in probate court. If you were named as an executor in someone’s will or were appointed as an estate administrator by the court, we can help you navigate complex legal maneuvers.
Important matters that may soon require your attention include:
- Authenticating a loved one’s last will and testament
- Posting bond as an executor or administrator
- Locating and notifying beneficiaries in a will or heirs if someone died intestate (without a will)
- Finding all assets and properties owned by the estate
- Appraising the value of certain assets, like stocks, on the date that someone died
- Identifying and notifying the deceased’s creditors
- Using estate assets to pay creditors
- Preparing and filing final tax returns
- Distributing the estate
Many things can go wrong with any of these important steps during probate! Having a probate lawyer in Los Angeles or Rancho Cucamonga guide you through these matters can protect your personal liability by minimizing the risk of errors that can result in fines or lawsuits.
Seek help with probate in Los Angeles or San Bernardino County by reaching out The Blue Law Group online or by calling (909) 766-9996. We offer free initial consultations!
How Long Does Probate Take in California?
In the state of California, the probate process can take as quickly as nine months. It all depends on the complexity of the estate and the case. Usually, it will take around a year to a year and a half or longer to resolve the case.
The estate is required to go through probate weather or not the deceased had or didn’t have a will. If the value of all the assets is less than $150,000 and there is a will present, probate can be avoided.
The fees are put in place by the California Probate Code, the attorney and administrator are paid a percentage of the estate. They are paid after the court approves and probate is resolved.
The probate process can be perplexing, the Los Angeles and Rancho Cucamonga probate attorneys at The Blue Law Group are here to help guide you through the process. We have experience dealing with a variety of estates. Call us today.
Documents to Bring to Your Probate Attorney
If you are about to enter the probate process you will need to provide your probate attorney with the following documents during your appointment:
- The Death Certificate
- Most Recent Bank Statement
- Retirement Statements
- Contact Information of Relatives
- Original Will/Trust
- Assets Documents
If you have any questions regarding documentation do not hesitate to reach out to the Los Angeles and Rancho Cucamonga probate attorneys at The Blue Law Group. We have experience providing guidance step-by-step through the probate process. Call us today.
Your Fiduciary Duty Is a Liability
When you are named as the executor or administrator of an estate during probate, you have a fiduciary duty to the estate and its beneficiaries. In other words, you are accountable for handling someone else’s money and assets, which can present an uncomfortable level of liability than most people are comfortable dealing with on their own. If other beneficiaries have hired attorneys to look after their interests during this time, they’ll be on the prowl to look for opportunities to accuse you of mishandling the estate’s assets or engaging in self-dealing.
By working with The Blue Law Group, we can help you avoid common mistakes such as:
- Using the wrong documents during probate
- Failing to follow proper probate protocol
- Distributing an estate before paying creditors
- Making errors on a final tax return
Dealing with the loss of your loved one is tough enough – why make it worse by handling a complex legal process that you’re unfamiliar with? Work with our probate attorneys in Los Angeles and Rancho Cucamonga if you want to benefit from 10 years of experience assisting clients like you.
Contact The Blue Law Group online and ask how you can arrange a free consultation to learn more about how our probate services in Downtown Los Angeles and San Bernardino County can work for you!
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