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The death of a loved one is a momentous event that will impact your life, and the lives of your family, in many ways. If you have been named executor, administrator or personal representative of your loved one’s estate, you are taking on many unique tasks. These tasks must be completed in a very specific manner. Working with a knowledgeable, experienced lawyer can go a long way toward making the probate process run as smoothly as possible.
At The Law Office Of Josephine A Rich, we are recognized as leaders in elder law, estate planning and probate. Whether your loved one had or did not have a will, we can meet your needs. Our law firm, led by attorney Josephine A Rich, represents people from all walks of life with all sizes of estates.
If your loved one received Medi-Cal benefits or other government benefits prior to death, it is especially critical to hire our law firm. The California government may have the right to bring a claim against your loved one’s estate. We fully understand how the law applies to these situations, and will make sure that the government does not receive any more than it is entitled to recover.
Handling Each Step Of The Probate Process
Administering an estate can involve a number of steps, including those below:
- Filing the will (if one exists) with the probate court
- Preparing the probate petition, certificate of assignment and other necessary documents
- Sending notice to creditors
- Paying valid estate debts
- Collecting and evaluating all estate assets
- Completing all tax returns and paying any valid tax debts
- Distributing estate assets to beneficiaries and closing the estate
Many people are rightfully concerned about how long it takes to complete probate. Typically, the probate process takes between 12 and 16 months, although small estates can be settled in as few as four months.
Under California law, all attorney fees in probate matters are determined by statute. There are no cost savings by hiring a lawyer with less experience. When you work with our firm, we will do everything possible to streamline the probate process and to preserve the size of your loved one’s estate.
The earlier you can provide information to our firm, the more we can do to begin the probate process. For instance, if you can bring documents such as the death certificate and a copy of the will, as well as information regarding the deceased’s creditors and finances, we can get started as soon as possible.
Contact The Law Office Of Josephine A Rich
Based in Redlands, our probate attorney serves people across San Bernardino County and beyond. Call (909) 798-2614 to get started. All communications remain entirely confidential.