PROBATE is the legal process of administering the estate of a deceased person by resolving all claims and distributing the deceased person's property under the valid will. The court decides the validity of a testator's will. A probate interprets the instructions of the deceased, selects the executor as the personal representative of the estate, and adjudicates the interests of heirs and other parties who may have claims against the estate.
PROBATE in California can be very costly and time consuming. Once your estate is in probate, the Court will be making many decisions about issues such as distributions and payment of debts, that you may or may not have wanted to occur. The only way to AVOID probate in California is to have a properly drafted Living Trust. With a Living Trust, you maintain control over your assets and direct how your assets will be distributed upon your death without any Court involvement and without the time and expense of probate. However, if
your case must be Probated, we can help you.