It is easy to feel overwhelmed after being appointed an executor or personal representative of an estate, as probate administration can be extremely complicated and time-consuming. In fact, acting as an executor or personal representative can even result in personal legal liability, as any breach of your fiduciary duty could result in legal action.
Fortunately, both executors and personal representatives can retain legal counsel to help them with probate administration. Best of all, California law allows for legal fees for probate to be paid by the estate. To schedule a consultation with one of our lawyers, call our office today.
Probate Administration Can Involve Many Complicated Tasks
There are many tasks associated with probate administration, including the following:
- Notifying individuals who have an interest in the decedent’s estate, such as named beneficiaries and heirs.
- Locating all assets of the estate
- Paying the ongoing expenses of the estate
- Paying taxes that may come due
- Defending the estate from unwarranted claims from creditors
- Taking legal action on behalf of the estate
- Paying valid debts of the estate
- Distributing estate assets to the appropriate beneficiaries and heirs
Fortunately, help is available. Executors and personal representatives can retain legal counsel to help with some or even all of the matters associated with probate administration.
Summary Probate in California
In some cases, individuals can use summary probate (often referred to as simplified probate) to bypass the full probate process and take possession of estate assets. For example, summary probate is used in cases where the value of an estate is under $150,000. In addition, a surviving spouse can use summary procedures to transfer property to which he or she is entitled. Because these procedures are typically much quicker and cheaper than probate, whenever possible, they should be used. To determine whether summary probate may be available to you, call our office today.
Call Us Today to Schedule a Consultation with a Pleasanton Probate Attorney
From our office in Pleasanton, we serve clients throughout Alameda County and the TriValley area. To schedule a consultation with one of our lawyers call our office today at 925.460.3700 or send us an email through our online contact form.