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.