How The Probate Process Works: Guidance For California Executors (Personal Representatives)

Many people correctly consider probate a bad thing to be avoided, if possible at all costs. However, even well-designed trusts leave open the possibility that some assets mightgo through probate. If you are the executor of an estate, a beneficiary or any interested party related to an estate of someone near the end of life or recently deceased, an understanding of how the probate process works will be helpful.

Trust Your Qualified Probate Lawyer To Guide You Through Complex Issues

Both the probate court processes and the logistics of distributing assets are very procedural with a long series of steps. Lane Law Group, Inc., in Rancho Palos Verdes, can be your reassuring ally through all necessary procedures, including:

  • Filing a petition with the appropriate California probate court
  • Serving notice to heirs
  • Petitioning the court to appoint an executor or administrator of the estate
  • Taking inventory of estate assets
  • Getting appraisals of assets where appropriate
  • Selling assets of the estate as needed
  • Paying estate taxes if necessary
  • Distributing assets to heirs

A Key Piece Of Advice: Work Closely With An Experienced Probate Lawyer

For best results, consult with a probate law attorney as soon as possible. Lane Law Group, Inc., is a valuable resource for executors and others concerned with estate administration. Attorney Byron R. Lane has focused his legal career on estate planning, trust administration and probate. He is available to help you navigate the proper channels to complete the process in a timely manner. The law firm is prepared to guide an executor through the probate court process from beginning to end.

Throughout The Probate Process, Take Steps To Prevent Unnecessary Hold-Ups

Over his years of law practice, Mr. Lane has found that obstacles come about when personal representatives or less-experienced lawyers are unsure or unaware about what to do about a step in the probate process. His experience enables him to get past hurdles without delay. For example, he can advise on the sale of real estate and any business-related probate issues.

Include The Family In The Process If Possible

Will contests and other disputes and estate litigation can often be averted through clear communication. For this reason, Mr. Lane encourages executors, when it is appropriate and feasible to do so, to keep other heirs or beneficiaries up to date and informed throughout the probate process. He is skilled at facilitating these helpful interactions. In some cases, court approval for certain actions can be ready to present to affected parties in advance. Such measures can help prevent conflict and delays.

Avoid Errors And Streamline The Probate Process With The Help Of An Experienced Lawyer

Attorney Byron R. Lane at Lane Law Group, Inc., in Rancho Palos Verdes, is available to guide you capably through the legal steps involved in the administration of your loved one's estate. Call the law offices at 424-570-5605 or complete and submit the contact form on this website.