Estate Planning And Family Law Attorneys

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Probate is a court-supervised process that transfers legal title to someone’s assets after that person dies. Many steps and technical rules are involved in probating an estate, and sometimes multiple court appearances usually are required. Attorney fees and other probate fees are set by statute.

In cases where the decedent had a trust, the assets held in that trust do not have to pass through probate. Probate is often required when the decedent did not have a trust, or for those assets which were not included in the trust. The probate process involves transferring property and assets, paying the debts of the estate, and notifying beneficiaries. Probate court is also the forum through which will contests, trust contests, or fiduciary challenges regarding the estate are settled. Johnston, Kinney & Zulaica LLP represents executors of estates in the probate process, as well as clients involved in probate and trust litigation.

Our firm handles probate proceedings anywhere in California.

Representing a Beneficiary’s Interest: You may have questions or require assistance in determining your rights as a beneficiary of a trust or will or as a legal heir to an estate. Getting proper legal advice at the onset can often expedite the process, as well as provide the necessary support.