Probate Lawyers in Newport Beach, CA
At Werner Law Firm, our team of probate lawyers in Newport Beach work diligently with our clients to minimize the costs and hassle associated with the California probate process. We recognize that every individual client’s situation is wholly different, and approach accordingly – and we pride ourselves on providing a top-quality legal service.
When it comes to matters of probate, we understand that scrutiny is critical. With experience providing legal guidance to individuals and families in California for over four decades, we also understand that the law can be very complex. If you are planning for your own probate process or have been tasked to oversee a loved one’s estate, the experience of a probate lawyer may be crucial.
620 Newport Center Drive, Suite 1100
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Probate is initiated after a person has passed away in order to identify, categorize, evaluate, and effectively distribute their estate after debts and taxes. The probate process is not always cumbersome and can take place regardless of whether the decedent kept a will or not.
To begin the process, a relative or someone close to the decedent must petition for probate in the county in which the decedent was living. Upon starting the probate process, the courts will decide who oversees the execution of the estate. This position typically goes to the decedent’s spouse, or someone the decedent specified within their will. If no executors are named, and no surviving relative of the decedent is up to the task, a third party may be chosen. From there, the probate process continues step-by-step.
All told, the probate process can take anywhere from under a year to over a year and a half. The larger and more complex the estate, the more expensive and complicated it is to properly oversee and distribute. For larger estates, it is often wiser to take measures to minimize the probate process, and cut down on the overall costs associated with probate by hiring an experienced law firm to see the process through to completion and take on the larger tasks, such as taking stock of the entire estate, doing the accounting to determine the estate’s gross value, managing and overseeing the valuation process, informing and settling matters with creditors, and informing the family of any outstanding tax matters, including the final tax return.
Here at Werner Law Firm, our team of probate lawyers in Newport Beach have decades of experience in handling probate law allows us to effectively manage the probate process for many clients struggling with larger estates.