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Areas of Practice
Probate & Trust Law
Business & Commercial Law
Financial Elder Abuse Litigation
What Is Probate?
Under certain circumstance, when an individual passes away, his or her estate-bank account, houses, and other assets are subject to a court process called “probate.” In a probate proceeding, the state determines who is entitled to inherit property when a person dies. California probate law and procedures can be confusing for people who are not familiar with the process. There are a number of legal, financial, and tax-related issues that can create delays and unnecessary complications.
Located in Newport Beach, California, the Walker Law Firm provides probate services for California residents as well as out-of-state clientele in relation to estates within Orange County. In addition, out-of-state attorneys entrust clients in our care for estates located in Southern California. Our attorneys strive to make the entire probate process as seamless as possible.
What Can I Expect In A Probate Administration?
Probate is the process by which the court determines where property shall pass either pursuant to the terms of a will, or if the person dies without a will, pursuant to the laws of intestacy. In a probate proceeding, the court appoints a personal representative (also called an executor or administrator) who collects assets, pays off creditors, and ultimately distributes property to beneficiaries. As experienced probate law attorneys, we adeptly handle the various issues that can complicate the probate of an estate:
- Identifying and locating assets
- Prioritizing debts
- Paying off creditors
- Selling property of the estate
- Resolving competing claims to property
- Litigating will disputes
- Evaluating issues of undue influence and competency
Trusted By Out-Of-State Attorneys
Out-of-state lawyers representing the relative of a deceased California resident often call upon our probate law attorneys. Both our lawyers and staff have extensive experience in working with out-of-state attorneys in making sure paper work and needed documents are in order and filed in a timely manner. In addition, we can assist with the opening of an ancillary proceeding when a decedent is an out of state resident but owns property in California at the time of his or her death.
Contact Our Team To Learn How We Can Help
We can help avoid confusion and unwanted complications that can lead to frustration and delays in the California probate process. For more information regarding our practice or to schedule an appointment, contact the probate law attorneys at the Walker Law Firm today.