Santa Clarita Estate Administration Attorney

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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
  • Awarded Daily News Readers’ Choice: Best Attorney
  • 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.