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Understand Your Options with a Torrance Probate Lawyer

When a loved one passes away without completing a comprehensive estate plan or finalizing a revocable living trust, portions – if not all – of the estate will have to go through probate for review and analysis. Probate court does come with a cost, however, and inheritors or the appointed executor will need to pay out of their own pockets. If they do not, the will could become frozen and all the assets will remain undistributed until the matter is settled.

Handle Probate Costs with an Affordable Attorney

State law dictates how much a lawyer can charge for their services involving probate, but it is not necessarily a concrete regulation. The attorney has the right to ask for "extraordinary fees," which can be any amount above the legal standard. In short, some legal professionals may try to take an unfair portion of your estate just for helping you sort through it.

When you retain the help of a Torrance probate lawyer from the Law Offices of James C. Shields, you can expect excellent representation and guidance at a fair cost. By offering free case evaluations, our South Bay probate firm can determine an agreeable fee and you will avoid being surprised by a staggering bill at the end of probate.

By keeping our clients' best interests in focus and always providing great service at reasonable prices, we have earned accolades and accomplishments that include:

  • 2014 Avvo Top Contributor for Probate law
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Probate Costs Can Begin to Add Up

Retaining the services of one of our attorneys is absolutely important because the best way to avoid high probate costs is to avoid probate court in the first place. By creating a will with our Torrance probate attorney's assistance, the odds of your will being challenged or questioned and being sent through probate could dramatically decrease. Otherwise, you might end up paying for some or all of the costs associated with probate, including:

  • Court fees
  • Accounting fees
  • Appraisal and business evaluation fees
  • Bond fees
  • Administration fees

In some cases, the executor of the will can delay their responsibilities until they are given some sort of financial compensation. Executor fees often lead to some surprisingly high probate costs.

Do you need help? Contact our Torrance probate lawyers today!

Preparing a will can be some of the most difficult trials an individual can face. There are so many complexities and details that must be considered, and one mistake can send the document to probate court. To avoid high probate costs, contact our firm and begin planning your estate confidently.

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