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What is a Probate Judge, and What Do They Do? - Werner Law

What is a Probate Judge, and What Do They Do?

A probate judge works in the civil court, and like any other judge, serves as a judicial officer of the state. Probate judges play a central role in the probate process, overseen by the titular probate court, or as it’s known in other states, the surrogate’s court. Probate judges make the final call for important

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How Does Probate Work When There Is No Will? - Werner Law Firm

How Does Probate Work When There Is No Will?

Probate courts and the probate process are necessary for the validation of any last will and testament, as well as the arbitration of final debts and other financial obligations, and the ultimate distribution of a person’s estate left behind after death. Probate can and does work without a will and is necessary even if a

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How To Avoid Probate in California - Werner Law Firm

How To Avoid Probate in California

Learning how to avoid probate in California is essential. Take the right steps by reducing the estate, joint ownership and leveraging trusts. The probate process can be lengthy, costly, and stressful. The larger and more complicated the estate, the more these adjectives apply. Yet, there are ways to circumvent, expedite, or even skip probate in the state

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Probate Without a Will - Werner Law Firm

Probate Without a Will: How Does It Work?

Probate without a will can be a lengthy, confusing process. Dying without a will can complicate the succession asset distribution process, based on state laws. A person’s death is succeeded by the dissolution of their estate, or in other words, the distribution of everything they own. While we may mourn and honor the dead, most

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How Long Do Probate Proceedings Typically Last? - Werner Law Firm

How Long Do Probate Proceedings Typically Last?

Probate is an important part of the estate planning process, as it usually sets the timeframe from your death to the total dissolution and distribution of your estate. However, contrary to popular belief, probate does not always last forever. The probate proceedings process can be truncated, sped through, or even skipped depending on the circumstances,

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