Helping Individuals and Their Loved Ones Understand the Probate Process in California
If your loved one had a will in place, the estate must first go through a process known as probate. During probate, the deceased person’s assets will be appraised, bills and taxes will be paid, and the remaining assets will be passed on to the beneficiaries. During the probate process, a will must first be authenticated by a judge to ensure that it is valid. An executor will then settle and oversee the probate process. During the process, the executor must identify creditors, pay bills, pay taxes and then distribute the estate in accordance with the deceased person’s wishes.
The probate process can sometimes be complicated if a deceased person has property in different states or if the estate is intestate, meaning that there is no will. The probate process can also be complex if the judge has difficulty authenticating a will. If your family is facing the probate process, you may have many questions. Fortunately, you don’t have to go through this stressful process alone. Kevin Jamison Law, PC can provide you with the assistance you need when planning for the future. Call our firm at (626) 314-1830 to learn more about how we can help.
Common Problems That Can Arise Through Probate?
There are many common issues that can arise during probate. When these problems arise, it can be helpful to have a qualified probate lawyer by your side. Some common issues include:
- Appraisal disputes. If there are disagreements about the value of an estate, problems can arise. The value of an estate can impact taxation.
- Challenges to the will. If your loved one wrote the will herself, or if the will diverges significantly from intestate laws, it may be more difficult to prove the validity of the will. If other family members contest the will, the probate process can be more complex. In some cases, the deceased had more than one will, leading to more complex issues.
- Problems with the executor. Sometimes an executor may not want to serve the role. In other cases, family members may believe that the executor is not doing his or her job well. If this is the case, probate can be more difficult.
Contact a California Estate Planning Attorney Today
If you or a loved one is having difficulty with probate, KJ Law’s team is available to answer your questions today. Our firm can help you navigate this sometimes-complex process. Call (626) 314-1830 or inquire online to learn more. After-hours and house calls are available.