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Saturday, June 15, 2019

California Allows Plaintiffs to Recover Additional Costs When Suing Decedent’s Insurer


Sometimes the individual who was responsible for causing you injury may pass away before you have the opportunity to bring suit for damages. So what can you do if this happens? You have the option of bringing suit against a deceased person’s estate. However, in the state of California, this is not always the easiest task. 

Claimants Must Act Quickly When Dealing with a Decedent’s Estate

In most state cases, those interested in bringing suit against a deceased person’s estate must first file what is called a creditor’s claim, before they are able to proceed with bringing a lawsuit in Superior Court. Since claimants only have a one-year statute of limitations under California Code of Civil Procedure section 366.
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Saturday, February 23, 2019

How Does Probate Work in California?


Probate is how an estate gets settled under court supervision. When someone dies intestate (without a Will), the court will appoint an individual (usually an adult child or surviving spouse). However, if there is a Will, it may contain a nomination for an individual to appoint as an executor of the Will. This individual has authority under the law to gather and to value the assets of the estate, to pay taxes and bills, and to distribute the assets to the named beneficiaries of the Will (those whom the decedent assigned an asset to be left to).

What is the Purpose of Probate?


The purpose of probate is to prevent the occurrence of fraud after someone has passed away.
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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Reasons and Legal Mechanisms to Avoid Probate


How can I avoid probate in California?

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

When Do You Need a Probate Lawyer?


If you have recently been named as an executor, you may want to seriously consider hiring a probate lawyer to help you with your daunting task of administering your loved one’s estate. In fact, according to traditional probate advice, hiring an attorney is often one of the first things you should do after you discover you are the executor.
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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Avoiding “Helter Skelter” Estate Planning Mistakes


Q: What happens when multiple wills are presented for probate?

More than a month after the death of one of the most notorious mass murderers of our time, the late Charles Manson is making headlines again due to a large fight over who is entitled to his remains and belongings.

The Manson estate appears to be a prime example of why people should consult a skilled estate planning attorney to ensure that their assets are distributed and their bodies disposed of in the matter they wish.
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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Basics of Settling an Estate


The process of settling an estate is commonly referred to as “probate.” It requires an understanding of not only the will that your loved one left but also an itemization of their assets and liabilities as well as an appreciation for the probate laws and process in California.
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Monday, November 13, 2017

What is Probate Litigation?


You may assume that estate planning is a non-confrontational process, and it usually is. When someone creates an estate plan, the process of developing it deals only with one (or potentially two) person—so there is little occasion for conflict. When loved ones actually take steps to fulfill a decedent’s wishes after they pass, fights are much more likely to arise. 

Family members may take issue with a variety of topics related to an estate plan. When those conflicts arise, interested parties can challenge estate planning tools by initiating Read more . . .


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Duties of an Executor or Personal Representative


An executor is someone who is named in a will to carry out your final wishes and settle your estate. He or she will pay your outstanding bills, pay for funeral expenses, and distribute your property as you describe in your will. 

It is important to know the duties of an executor or personal representative both when you are named and as you consider who should be an executor. Having someone trustworthy and reliable to fulfill this role will ensure that your last wishes are satisfied. Of course, if you are an executor, it is important to have someone who can help you carry out your duties, such as an Read more . . .


Monday, October 2, 2017

The Probate Process: When to Hire an Appraiser

You must go through the probate process if a loved one leaves a will with enough property to warrant the full probate process. If the total value of the estate is less than $150,000, then you generally will not need to go through probate in California. Instead, smaller estates can go through a faster, more streamlined probate process.
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Monday, September 18, 2017

Frequently Asked Questions About the Probate Process in California


Do I need an attorney if I am named a personal representative?

Probate is the court process through which a deceased person’s assets are distributed to their heirs.  While most of us are familiar with the term probate, few are aware of the intricacies of the probate process.  If you are preparing your estate plan, have been named as a personal representative, or are the heir to an estate in probate, you likely have many question about the probate process in the state of California.  Our


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Friday, August 11, 2017

California Probate Court: An Overview


California probate court is unique because it is a special division of the court system that deals only with probate issues, including managing decedents’ estates, guardianships of minors, conservatorships of adults, and trusts.

There are several probate courts throughout the state.


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