Your Probate Questions Answered
At the Law Office of Marc L. Edwards, we are here to answer all of your questions pertaining to probate and estate planning in California. We provide experienced legal guidance to clients in Los Angeles County and throughout the San Fernando Valley.
Following are some of the most common questions we get about probate and answers containing general information. For specific advice regarding your situation, call probate attorney Marc L. Edwards at 818-344-8200.
What does probate mean?
Probate is the process of settling a person’s legal and financial affairs after they pass away. The probate process generally entails paying estate taxes and debts, and distributing assets in accordance with a will.
Does my loved one’s estate need to go through probate?
There are many ways to prevent assets from going through probate, such as trusts that would pass ownership automatically upon the person’s death or that passed along assets during the person’s lifetime. However, it is difficult to account for every single asset this way. If your loved one passed away without a plan that protects their whole estate, probate is inevitable.
What happens if my loved one didn’t have a will?
California has laws on how assets are distributed if someone dies without a will. If the deceased was married and their spouse is still alive, the spouse will keep joint assets such as the home and bank accounts with both of their names on it. If the deceased had children, the estate will be divided between the spouse and the children. If the deceased person had no spouse or children, the probate court will distribute estate assets to the next closest relative, such as a parent or sibling.
How long does the probate process take?
The length of the probate process varies, depending upon the complexity of the estate. If family disputes arise, the timeline can stretch significantly. An experienced attorney who knows the process and how to quickly resolve conflicts may be able to guide you to a faster resolution.
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To learn how California probate law applies in your specific situation, call our law offices at 818-344-8200 or contact us online.