Probate Lawyer Serving Los Angeles

At Scott D. Fisher, A Professional Law Corporation, we understand that there are few things as emotionally trying as the loss of someone close to you-something that is made only worse by overwhelming legalities. For this reason, we encourage you to get the compassionate representation of a probate attorney from our Southern California law firm as soon as possible. We draw upon our vast experience to handle all probate cases with efficiency, integrity, and skill. Our firm assists clients with probating wills and in the administration of estates where the decedent died intestate, or without a will.

What is Probate?

Probate is the court-supervised process that involves the administration of a decedent's estate. The court oversees this process to ensure that various debts and expenses are paid. They will also oversee the distribution of the remaining estate, ensuring that this process follows the terms of the decedent's will and any testamentary trust. If there is no will in place, the court will handle the estate's case according to California's law of intestate succession.

Understanding the California Probate Process

In California, there are two main scenarios that will lead to probate. If an individual passes away, leaving behind a will, the executor of the will has the responsibility to begin, follow through with and complete the entire process of probate and distribution. If an individual passes away without a will or any other valid form of estate plan, the estate will become intestate and therefore governed by the state laws of succession.

Do all assets have to go through probate?

While not all estates will be able to avoid the probate process, there are some steps that can be taken to prevent the need for court-supervised action. If a decedent owned assets in joint tenancy with someone else (such as a spouse) or has a living trust in place, those assets will not have to go through probate. Assets held as survivorship community property with a spouse or for which a payable-on-death beneficiary has been named will also not need to be handled in the probate process.

Retain Legal Counsel during the Probate Process

All of this can be legally complex, which is why our legal team has dedicated itself to help clients navigate these matters. We pride ourselves on offering effective probate representation that guides our clients step-by-step from beginning of the case until the end. Even in situations where disputes or conflicts arise—including intra-family disputes, will contests, allegations of estate mismanagement or other claims—we are ready to step in and provide effective counsel.

With more than two decades of legal experience, you can trust in our experienced probate lawyer to provide you with representation that is supportive and compassionate. We are proud to offer free initial consultations to all new clients where we discuss the specifics of your case and your potential legal options. If you are facing the prospect of probate for either reasons, contact us now. Our firm has a wealth of experience and we are available whenever our clients need us; we have a 24-hour voicemail service that can be reached at 323-989-4860 and offer weekend / evening appointments.