At The Werner Law Firm, we understand the frustration that can come with navigating difficult legal circumstances. Whether you are planning for the protection of your estate or gearing up for probate court related issues, our living trust lawyers and probate lawyers can help. In either situation, it is essential to discuss your case with an experienced lawyer in Encino who has the skills to effectively assist you. Since 1975, Werner Law Firm has been proudly serving Southern California residents with a level of unmatched dedication.
The formal administration of a person’s estate (typically referred to as a probate case) is a long and complicated process. When a person passes away, it is through the probate court that a person’s will (if they have one) is reviewed by the court, asset/debts are addressed, and the assets are ultimately distributed.
If the person has no will of any kind, or if the will is somehow illegitimate, then inheritance of an estate is determined by California’s intestate rules.
The probate process is one wherein the court appoints a personal representative for the estate and puts him or her in charge of accounting and management of the assets/debts of the estate. Ultimately, the court then approves distribution by the personal representative to the heirs as per intestate rules or pursuant to a will. This duty is overseen by the court which grants the personal administrator the powers to carry on these tasks. That being said, devoting yourself to these endeavors (paying bills, selling property, handling tangible personal property and items of your loved one) while navigating the legal process is not easy – nothing is when experiencing loss.
Our skilled and experienced probate attorneys can help you navigate the probate process in an effort to make the process as easy as possible. This can be trying times for individuals and entire families. Having our professionals by your side can drastically ease the process, allowing us to do the legal heavy lifting while you focus on what matters.
Sometimes, steps can be taken to skip much of the probate process and get your family away from the court and the stress of inheritance – in California, smaller estates can pursue alternates to the probate process, speeding things up quite considerably. To make room for the longer and more complicated estates, most small estates under a specific dollar value can often pass through probate much more quickly. These procedures do not necessarily avoid court involvement completely, but generally are faster and less burdensome.
For your own estate planning, if you are worried that passing away will leave behind chaos regarding your possessions and their place in the world after you are gone, then our professionals here in Encino, CA can provide you with an attractive alternative in the form of a living trust to enable your loved ones to skip the probate process entirely if something happens to you, and take full control of how, and when, your estate is distributed to your family and loved ones.
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Estate planning simply involves coming up with the best possible way to get as much of your hard-earned wealth into the hands of your family after you pass away, preferably as quickly and painlessly as possible. To this end, there are several tools at our disposal to help your family achieve the best and smoothest transition after your passing.
A living trust lawyer in Encino at our firm will help you draft and create the right type of trust to get your wealth into the hands of your family, without the probate process getting in the way.
Our goal is to make setting up your estate plan a relatively fast and easy process.
We are committed to providing quality and dedicated legal services. As a law firm with decades of experience, we know how to assist clients and help them achieve their goals. Regardless of your particular circumstance, we encourage you to take advantage of the free appointment that our firm offers.
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