Probate is the legal process that regulates the transfer of assets to heirs after a person passes away. In California, a Trust will avoid Probate.  In addition, if a person's assets do not total more than $100,000, then the estate does not need to go into Probate.  For a free initial consultation to determine if a Probate is necessary or to begin the Probate process, please contact Martinlegal today.

Probate often involves:

  • Proving in court that a deceased person's will is valid, however, if there is no will the closest family members may petition the court to receive the assets of the decedent
  • Identifying and inventorying the deceased person's property
  • Having the property appraised
  • Paying debts and taxes
  • Distributing the remaining property as the will directs, or by state law if there is no will

Martinlegal represents beneficiaries (people who receive the assets by will), or heirs (people who receive the assets if there is no will), including executors (a person who is named in the will to probate the estate), administrators (generally a close family member who petitions the court to be in charge of the probate process), in the following areas:

  • The probating of an estate with or without a will
  • Some will contests

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