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When a person dies, their estate executor or administrator is in charge of paying outstanding debts and distributing all remaining assets to beneficiaries as designated in the deceased's will. This is referred to as probate and can be quite time-consuming without the legal guidance of a Torrance probate lawyer.

At the Law Offices of James C. Shields, we want to simplify this process for you as much as possible. If you are responsible for administering your deceased loved one's estate, turn to our firm for the assistance you need. With decades of experience, we are well-acquainted with California probate laws and can be a valuable asset in what could potentially be a very challenging time.

How Is Probate Handled in California? Do I Need a Probate Attorney?

During probate, the administrator is responsible for a wide variety of tasks, including posting a bond, gathering assets for appraisal, and paying out outstanding debts. It should be noted, however, that probate isn't always necessary. Depending on various factors, including the value of an estate and the remaining assets, you may be able to avoid the probate process altogether.

If your loved one did any of the following, probate may be unnecessary:

  • Utilized beneficiary designations on bank and retirement accounts
  • Purchased life insurance policies
  • Set aside lifetime gifts for family and friends
  • Put real estate into joint tenancy
  • Executed a revocable living trust

In the event that probate is required, it can be difficult to navigate all of the various legal obligations on your own. Filing paperwork and preventing possible conflict over the estate is better accomplished by way of an attorney who is familiar with probate. We're proud to say that our attorneys have both the qualifications and knowledge necessary to achieve a successful outcome.

Following the death of a loved one, you shouldn't have to face such an immense responsibility on your own. That is why we're here. We look forward to representing your best interests and preserving the desires of your loved one even after they're gone. Begin the process with an experienced professional today.

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