Walnut Creek Probate Litigation Attorney
Probate Litigation are two of the least pleasing words in the English language. When a loved one dies, probate is the legal process where a will is accepted as a valid public document that is represents the true last will and testament of the decedent.
A probate litigation attorney, especially one experienced in larger estate and tax matters, can help make the process as painless as possible.
Probate is a process by which you can:
- Transfer the property of a decedent to an heir; and
- Take care of the financial responsibilities and obligations of a decedent.
If the decedent died with a will, an executor is appointed as the personal representative by the court. If the decedent died without a will, an administrator is appointed as the personal representative by the court.
It may be the case that you are the trustee or executor of a trust or estate. You should be fully advised of your duties and obligations. Not every heir is pleased with what they are to inherit from an estate. Litigation happens.
In life, there are many variables, and although clients often do their best to fulfill their duties and obligations in some of the instances referenced above, disputes can arise.
Being a personal representative of an estate is a very serious responsibility. The personal representative of the estate must collect assets of the decedent, pay expenses and liabilities of the decedent, and distribute assets to the heirs of the estate. The entire probate proceeding is supervised by the court. It is a good idea to have an experienced probate litigation attorney on your side, defending the interests of the deceased.
How long can probate take? The probate proceeding can take 9 months or longer, depending on the facts and circumstances of each case.
What if you were the wife or domestic partner of the decedent? There may be simplified procedures that you can take if this is the case. If you have questions about this, your attorney can assist you.
Contact a Walnut Creek Probate Litigation Attorney
If you believe you need to probate an estate, your attorney is the best person to advise you on important deadlines as well as other matters you need to consider. Contact us.
Mendes Weed, LLP is located in Walnut Creek and serves clients around the Bay Area. For your convenience, we also have offices in OAKLAND and Sacramento by appointment only.
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Walnut Creek Main Office
1990 N. California Boulevard
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
66 Franklin Street
Oakland, CA 94607
By appointment only.
770 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
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