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California Probate Explained - Werner Law Firm

California Probate Explained

Unless an individual dies with a living trust or meets other specific criteria, their estate must go through probate after they pass away. The California probate process ensures that all of the estate’s debts are paid and that the assets are distributed to the proper beneficiaries and heirs. From start to finish, this process typically

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Understanding the “Quiet Title” Action - Werner Law Firm

Understanding the “Quiet Title” Action

Selling properties in probate is a time-consuming process, but it’s an important task that helps families move on and prepare for the next stage of life. However, property in probate is prone to disputes, particularly if there’s an unclear will or multiple beneficiaries who want to lay claim to the house. A quiet title can

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Effects of Divorce on Inheritance Rights in California - Werner Law Firm

The Effects of Divorce on Inheritance Rights in California

It’s difficult to determine exactly how much of California’s population still seeks a divorce – while divorce rates have been plummeting across the country since the Great Recession began in 2008, couples do still continue to seek separation in cases where the differences in the relationship feel irreconcilable. In recent years, out of roughly 20,000,000

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Heggstad Petition

Filing a Heggstad Petition in California

If you have inherited property in California, you may have encountered a Heggstad petition. While finding an error, omission, or oversight in a loved one’s estate planning can be upsetting, a properly filed Heggstad petition can avoid a lengthy probate process. Discussing the details of a Heggstad petition with your family and ensuring that they,

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