Santa Clarita Probate Attorney
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At The Werner Law Firm, we have been helping clients through the probate
process for 40 years. Our Southern California probate lawyers deliver
personalized, quality legal assistance in a wide range of trust and estate
matters, including probate and trust administration. If you are the executor
of a decedent's estate, you should not hesitate to
schedule a meeting with us at once.
Why Choose Us?
- We’ve served clients in Southern California since 1975
- Perfect 10.0 Superb Rating from Avvo
Daily News Readers’ Choice: Best Attorney Award
- Member of Nation’s Top One Percent Attorneys by National Association
of Distinguished Counsel (NADC) in 2015
For 40 years, we have offered stellar service throughout these cities in
Trusted Guidance for Each Stage of Probate
To those who are not familiar with
estate planning and probate law, the entire process can be very intimidating. If your
loved one has passed away without a trust or proper estate plan in place,
our team is ready to assist you with every step along the way.
Our wide range of services nclude:
- Draft proper documents
- File petitions with probate courts
- Identify heirs and beneficiaries
- Inventory the extent of the estate
- Appraise large assets – homes, heirlooms, etc.
- Address any debts or owed taxes
- Serve notices to applicable parties
As you navigate the probate process, you may come across major complications
that you will not want to handle on your own. When assets need to be managed
and distributed, disputes may arise between the beneficiaries and trustees.
Our firm can assist with trust and
probate litigation while keeping your best interests in mind. Our goal is to ensure that
the decedent's will is distributed according to their wishes and to
protect the rights of individuals involved in the process.
Probate court addresses the assets of an individual’s estate when
they pass away. It is a long and slow process, but can be a necessary
one. One of the primary goals of estate planning (wills, trusts, etc.)
is to avoid probate. Not only does the creation of such instruments save
time for the next generation inheriting such assets, but the costs and
attorneys fees associated with probate are better avoided where possible.
However, there are certain situations where probate is unavoidable, and
our firm is experienced, well-versed in probate procedures, and dedicated
to making the process as smooth and quick as possible for our clients.
If a loved one passes away with a simple will naming you as a beneficiary,
or if you are a family member and they had no will, then steps will need
to be taken to address their assets. Such steps depend largely on the
nature and value of their assets. If you have any questions regarding
the steps you need to take, feel free to contact us for a free telephone
consultation. We will listen to your situation and figure out what needs
to be done moving forward.
Note that our firm often fronts the costs associated with probate and that
attorney’s fees are not collected until the close of the estate,
so generally no out of pocket payments are necessary by our probate clients
to retain us. Attorney’s fees are based on a statutory fee schedule
that rises with the gross value of the estate.
The probate process, on average, takes about a year. We must petition the
court to admit a will to probate, or if there is no will, to open the
estate and appoint an administrator to represent the estate. Once an administrator
or personal representative is appointed, that person then has the authority
to act on behalf of the estate, communicate with banks and other financial
institutions, and conduct any other business necessary to close the estate.
What is generally the largest task within probate is the accounting, wherein
the Court needs to be presented with an accounting of any and all assets
and debts within the estate, and ultimately what will be done with them.
Contact a Probate Law Firm You Can Trust!
Our probate lawyers in Santa Clarita are highly trained to handle all probate
matters that may arise. We understand that this is a sensitive matter
that must be addressed with delicacy, but must also be handled in a manner
that ensures that your interests are not neglected. By offering
free, initial consultations, our attorneys can discuss your particular situation and start forming
a personally tailored solution that is right for you.
Call (888) 630-9902 for effective representation throughout the probate process.