When a loved one dies without leaving a trust, there are complicated legal issues that can arise for the surviving family members and beneficiaries. For larger valued estates over $150,000, a probate may be required in order to distribute the real property and personal assets of the decedent to the rightful beneficiaries. Depending on whether there was a valid will of the decedent, the executor will be appointed as the personal representative of the estate, or they can elect to appoint a third party private fiduciary to act as administrator. In some cases there are multiple wills involved, and if there are different beneficiaries under each will, a will contest may be filed in order to determine which will is the controlling document.
For estates under $150,000, there are alternatives to probate that permit the transfer of personal property to surviving heirs. The probate process can be confusing without a thorough knowledge of the applicable California laws and Probate Court procedures. Contact our office for a free 30 minute consultation, and we would be happy to assess your particular situation and guide you through this complicated area of law.
At the Law Office of Ashley M. Peterson, we understand that each client’s legal issues are unique. We ensure our clients’ needs are our top priority, and maintain open communication throughout the course of the case. We guarantee strict confidentiality in all legal matters, and endeavor to build lasting relationships with our clients based on trust and quality representation.