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When a loved one passes away, their estate must be collected and managed
so the probate process can continue smoothly. This task can be overwhelming
for grieving family members who were not expecting so much responsibility
on such short notice. If you were named as the executor in the will of
the deceased, you will face even more obligations, as it will be primarily
your job to oversee estate administration procedures.
Why Choose The Werner Law Firm?
- Proudly serving Southern California since 1975
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- Perfect 10.0 Superb Avvo Rating for experience and professionalism
- Included in Nation’s Top One Percent of attorneys by the National
Association of Distinguished Counsel (NADC)
If you need help handling the daunting and important task of administering
an estate, contact the Werner Law Firm today to retain a knowledgeable
and compassionate Santa Clarita estate planning lawyer. We offer free
consultations to get you started.
What Happens During Estate Administration?
Understanding a will and how to follow its intent and wishes is not as
simple as sitting down and signing a few sheets of paper. Depending on
the size of the estate and the number of direct relatives, the entire
process could be long and complicated. No matter the circumstances, though,
our team at The Werner Law Firm genuinely wants to efficiently help you
from start to finish.
We can assist you with all the important steps of estate administration, such as:
Collecting the estate: You might have known where your loved one resided but can you say for certain
that you know the extent of their property? Few people can. To correctly
administer an estate, the first step is usually discovering and gathering
any and all pieces of the estate, from vacation homes to family heirlooms.
Managing debts: If your loved one passed away with debts owed to any number of parties,
the deficits cannot be ignored, and they do not simply go away. It is
the job of the executor to figure out the best way to manage any remaining
debts, either by assigning them fairly to inheritors or by using portions
of the estate’s wealth to pay them off immediately.
Distributing assets: The final process an estate administrator has to worry about is typically
the actual distribution of what is left of the estate after all debts
are finalized. Some items might require dividing to be assigned to multiple
family members, such as a small business, but it is important that each
one is distributed according to the will.
Do I need to learn the California Probate Code?
The state of California, unlike many other states, has its own lengthy
probate code that must be followed when administering an estate, known as the
California Probate Code (CPC). In the CPC, there are literally thousands of sections that mandate
and regulate how probate processes and estate administrations are handled.
It is simply unreasonable to expect an unprepared executor to learn the
ins and outs of the CPC before the probate process begins. This further
emphasizes the importance of retaining an experienced estate planning
attorney before you begin.
Get Award-Winning Counsel on Your Side
Estate administration is an important process after a loved one has passed
away, but more often than not, executors and other family members don't
want to worry themselves with it. At The Werner Law Firm, we understand
that you need time to grieve and recover from your loss, and that by providing
honest, supportive guidance to families in need, we can do our part to
help. Working with an
estate planning lawyer in Santa Clarita may be your best option for reducing your stress as you administer an estate.
Don't be afraid to ask for help.
Contact us today for professional support.