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Probate services refer to the legal services provided to individuals or families involved in the administration of a deceased person's estate. These services typically involve the court-supervised process of distributing the deceased person's assets and properties to their beneficiaries or heirs according to their will or state laws if there is no will. Probate services may include drafting and filing legal documents, representing clients in court, resolving disputes between beneficiaries, managing estate assets, and advising clients on tax implications and strategies for asset protection. The goal of probate services is to ensure that the estate is distributed in an orderly and fair manner while minimizing costs and maximizing the value of the estate for the beneficiaries. Probate services are often provided by lawyers, but may also be provided by other professionals such as estate planners or financial advisors.

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Step-By-Step Guide to Probate Estate in California - Werner Law Firm

Step-By-Step Guide to Probate Estate in California

POSTED ON: January 13, 2020 BY: Troy Werner
The thing to remember about probate is that, in a best-case scenario, it is boring. And that is a good thing. The probate estate process is not overly complex in most cases, and it does not need to be. If you are in charge of overseeing the probate estate process, it helps to have a […]
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How to Help Loved Ones Avoid the Probate Process - Werner Law Firm

How to Keep Your Loved Ones From Going Through the Probate Process

POSTED ON: December 24, 2019 BY: Troy Werner
For many families, probate is not ideal. It’s hard enough dealing with a loved one’s loss, but to then be inundated with a long and arduous legal process to eventually see their property be rightfully distributed can be frustrating, difficult, and expensive. While the California probate process isn’t as bad as it may be in […]
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How Buying Probate Property Differs From Traditional Transactions - Werner Law Firm

How Buying Probate Property Differs From Traditional Transactions

POSTED ON: November 15, 2019 BY: Troy Werner
Buying a property in probate can help you get a great deal that you wouldn’t find on the regular market. However, to take advantage of this opportunity, you must be prepared to wait, wait some more, and be prepared for the unexpected at any moment. There are several ways in which the process of buying […]
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4 Issues That May Arise With Property in Probate

POSTED ON: September 30, 2019 BY: Troy Werner
When real estate is part of a decedent’s assets, heirs and beneficiaries often choose to sell the home and split the proceeds. However, realtors involved in the buying or selling of homes in probate should know the potential risks involved with property in probate. 1. Negotiations Include More Parties Negotiating the price of a probate […]
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California Probate Explained - Werner Law Firm

California Probate Explained

POSTED ON: August 10, 2019 BY: Troy Werner
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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Everything You Need to Know About Probate When a Will Is Absent - Werner Law Firm

Everything You Need to Know About Probate When a Will Is Absent

POSTED ON: July 25, 2019 BY: Troy Werner
It happens all too often – someone passes away, and everything they own must now be passed down to the family. But who determines who gets what, and why? What if both of your adult children want custody over the family dog? Who gets the car? To whom goes the house? With or without a […]
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California Probate: A Simple Walkthrough for a Complex Process - Werner Law Firm

California Probate: A Simple Walkthrough for a Complex Process

POSTED ON: June 25, 2019 BY: Troy Werner
At its most basic, probate is the process by which a court determines that a last will and testament is legitimate and provable. Without a will present, the California probate process can also become a means by which to determine how an estate is best distributed. Yet while these two concepts seem quite simple, the […]
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Formal vs. Summary Probate: What’s the Difference?

POSTED ON: May 24, 2019 BY: Troy Werner
There are a variety of ways an estate may go through probate, depending largely on the size of the estate and how it is set up. If you want to purchase or sell real estate in probate, much of the process depends on whether the estate goes through a simplified/summary probate procedure or a formal […]
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Will Your Heirs Wind Up in Probate Court?

POSTED ON: April 5, 2019 BY: Troy Werner
In a perfect world, our earthly passing would mean that family members come together and divide our belongings in a way that best meets the needs of each individual, while simultaneously adhering to the wishes that we lovingly conveyed before our death. In the actual world, events following our departure can give rise to chaotic […]
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California Probate System: What You Need to Know Before You’re Entangled in It - Werner Law Firm

Must-Knows for Navigating the California Probate System

POSTED ON: January 10, 2019 BY: Troy Werner
The vast majority of estate planning is undertaken to avoid probate. Probate is the process by which the state determines a deceased person’s will to be either invalid or valid. In this system, the courts of a state take control of a deceased person’s property and oversees its distribution. In some states, a dedicated probate […]
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