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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
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
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
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.
Have More Questions About Probate in the South Bay?
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probate FAQs if you have more questions or read some of our blogs about probate!