Los Angeles Probate Attorneys
Experienced Probate Lawyers Helping Families in Los Angeles County Close Out Estates
Our Los Angeles probate lawyers at Chung & Ignacio, LLP provide sound legal counsel to clients. We understand the emotionally charged atmosphere around the probate process and will do everything we can to take the stress out of it. Our Los Angeles probate attorneys can guide you and your loved ones through the proceedings, from initial filing to the eventual closing and divvying up of the estate.
What Is the Probate Process in California?
Probate is the legal process of closing out a deceased person’s estate. It can become complicated if you pass away and leave your family without an estate plan or with a lot of outstanding debts. The process begins when an executor to the estate files your will and a petition for probate with a probate court in your county. If there is no will, the executor will only file the petition.
Once the executor files the appropriate documents, they must also publish a notice of your passing in an official publication. Doing so will allow any additional claimants or creditors to make a claim for a piece of your estate. The role of the executor can last from 6 months to 1 year and they must maintain an organized record of all assets.
The executor must:
- gather assets
- set up a filing system to avoid overlooking bills and/or benefits
- apply for a taxpayer ID number for the estate
- open a bank account for the estate
- compile and appraise estate inventory
- maintain and safeguard real property and heirlooms
If this process sounds daunting, one of our qualified Los Angeles probate attorneys can help you fulfill the duties of your role as executor to ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible.
What is the Process to Close the Estate in Los Angeles?
The estate process in California is closed in the following ways:
- The Personal Representative must prepare a final account, report, and petition for final distribution, schedule a hearing for the petition, notify interested parties of the hearing, and obtain a court order authorizing the final distribution.
- It is also necessary to include a petition for fees in the petition for final distribution if the Personal Representative wants to be compensated for his or her services.
- If all the persons entitled to receive the estate's distribution sign a written waiver of account or a written acknowledgement of receipt, a final account does not have to be filed.
This process can be complicated, and is important that it is performed correctly. Our experienced Los Angeles probate attorneys can help.
Our Los Angeles Probate Attorneys Can Help
Throughout Southern California, our attorneys have represented clients for many years. Our reputation as a reliable, incisive law firm has evolved over this time. In order to protect our clients from life's complex challenges, we are well versed in a comprehensive range of areas. All members of our California probate team focus on specific types of cases, allowing us to provide the best possible counsel for your unique case.
More than that, our firm is set apart by our:
Over 50 Years of collective insight and experience
Access to numerous legal resources
Ability to keep our clients the number one priority
Diverse personal and professional background
Devotion to protecting our clients' rights and best interests
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At Chung & Ignacio, LLP, our Los Angeles lawyers can provide you with guidance during and after the probate process. We will ensure the executor of the estate understands and carries out their responsibilities correctly.
Losing a loved one can be incredibly difficult — let us help you with the complex legal proceedings and take some stress out of the process.