Probate Administration

After the passing of a loved one, the probate process should be the last thing on your mind. Unfortunately, managing probate can be timely and control the only time you have to process your own emotions and grief. At Central Coast Law, we will take charge of your case so you can focus on what matters most: your well-being and your family.

What Is Probate?

Probate is a court-supervised process for distributing the individually owned assets of a deceased person. Assets are distributed to beneficiaries following the instructions written in the person’s will (or California’s intestacy statutes if the person died without a will). The executor is responsible for ensuring that the assets of the estate are distributed properly and in a timely manner. Our law firm offers legal services to executors following their loss.

Specifically, we can help you by:

  • Reviewing the will
  • Gathering all assets of the estate
  • Explaining the executor’s responsibilities
  • Analyzing the estate taxes
  • Collecting death benefits
  • Creating sub-trusts

No one should take on the burden of overseeing the probate process alone. Consult with our probate attorney and put the weight of your legal responsibilities on our shoulders.

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What Exactly Is the Executor Responsible for? 

Usually the deceased will designate an executor of their estate, but if they did not name an executor the State will handle the probate process - in which case you should still have a probate administration attorney. Regardless of who the executor is, that person or entity may be responsible for:

  • Taking inventory of all property and assets
  • Settling Debts 
  • Collecting any rights to income
  • Settling financial and property disputes
  • Filing the deceased’s final income tax return
  • Filing the estate tax return, if needed
  • Preparing an account for estate assets and expenses
  • Litigating creditors’ claims
  • Distributing or transferring any remaining property and assets to heirs

This responsibility is great and daunting, but we are committed to helping you with your duties and advising on any legal matters or disputes.

We understand that this is a very hard time for you and your family. Instead of taking over and throwing information at you, we will provide support for you and your family through compassion and empathy. Our firm builds strong relationships with our clients, and we want to ensure you are confident with handing over your burdens to us. 

If you are going through the probate process or are looking to avoid probate for your family in the future, please contact our office today to schedule a free consultation. Our legal team is eager to help you. Call now.

Probate Administration Attorney Serving Carpinteria, California

Have you recently lost a loved one and are facing the management of their estate? The legal team at Central Coast Law can give you relief by taking the probate process off your hands and helping it go smoothly. We will put your needs first so you can focus on yourself and your family. With us, you are in good hands. Call today.