San Bernardino Lawyer Handling Probate Cases Involving A Will

Folded last will & testamentThe probate process can seem daunting to one required to be the executor of a will. While taking care of a probate may initially seem straightforward, the truth is that many quickly find the process daunting and overwhelming. If proper procedures are not followed, then the executor may find that the probate is unnecessarily delayed. In extreme cases, they may even be accused of having breached their fiduciary duties to the beneficiaries. Hiring a qualified attorney to assist with the process can help ensure that things go smoothly. Our San Bernardino lawyer assists in California probates, which involve a will. Contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation.

San Bernardino attorney assisting California residents who require help with the probate of a will

California requires the filing of probate in cases with at least $150,000 worth of assets or real property. The case begins with filing a copy of the last will and testament along with a “Petition for Probate.” All interested parties, including creditors, are informed of the probate. Creditors have up to four months or sixty days from the date of notice, whichever is later, to come forward with any claims. A person designated as the will’s “executor” is charged with managing the estate. A inventory and appraisal of all assets are filed with the Court. Once the probate is ready to be closed, the Executor files the Final Account and Petition for the Estate’s Distribution. The executor will then close out the estate’s affairs, including settling any liabilities with the Internal Revenue Service or other creditors, and distribute remaining assets to the beneficiaries. Depending on the circumstances, Court approval may be required during various steps of the process. Hiring counsel to assist can be crucial.

Aruna Rodrigo is a San Bernardino probate attorney assisting California residents in Probate Cases involving a will. Once retained, we quickly file the Petition for Probate and assist the executor with determining which records are necessary and how matters should best be resolved. We will help to assemble inventory and appraisals of assets so the estate’s affairs may be settled as quickly as possible. We recognize it as our role to guide the executor through the process and we take this role very seriously. We understand that this is a trying time and we will attempt to make it as seamless as possible. Contact us today to speak with a lawyer. We also service Rancho Cucamonga, Fontana, Ontario, Victorville, Rialto, Hesperia, Chino, Upland, Apple Valley, Redlands, Highland, Colton, Yucaipa, Montclair, elsewhere in the Inland Empire, as well as Los Angeles.

San Bernardino lawyer assisting the executor of a will throughout the probate process

Aruna understands that a will’s executor has enough to worry about during a probate. Being able to contact one’s lawyer should not be an additional concern. Our office returns phone calls and emails within one business day (if not the same day). We will ensure that the executor knows what to expect as the case moves forward and will regularly follow up with him or her to ensure that things are progressing. We focus on probate so you can focus on the important aspect of moving forward after a loss. We are ready to assist you.