Los Angeles Probate Attorneys
Helping Families 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 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?
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 attorneys can help you fulfill the duties of your role as executor to ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible.
Closing the Estate
To close an estate, the executor must petition the probate court again. This time, the executor must inform the court of the actions they took to distribute assets. If there are any remaining assets, the executor must include an order of distribution specifying how they will handle the estate balance.
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.