Probate Attorney Orange County
Stevenson Law Office assists clients in probate administration, and also represents beneficiaries, heirs, conservators, administrators, and executors in probate litigation throughout the greater Los Angeles area.
We can guide you through the probate process and ensure your rights and interests are protected in the event of a dispute.
What is Probate?
Probate is the court-supervised process of identifying and gathering a deceased person’s assets to ensure that any final debts are paid and any remaining assets are transferred to the decedent’s beneficiaries. Beneficiaries may be named in a person’s will or distributed to the decedent’s heirs according to California’s laws governing intestate succession if the decedent died without a will.
A will is a document that allows a person to state their last wishes. If there’s no will, California law dictates what happens to a person’s assets. As a San Diego probate attorney, I take great care to help each client make a meaningful will that expresses their wishes and doesn’t leave room for ambiguity.
We Can Help With Probate
If a loved one is deceased, you must file a petition in the correct court. You also have to give notice to both creditors and beneficiaries. They have an opportunity to object. In some cases, the court uses an appointed appraiser to value certain assets. Finally, the court grants the petition. The representative may then transfer the property from the estate to its new owners.
When our firm is brought in to assist with probate, it is our goal to make all of this manageable. In some cases, you may need to file an objection in a Los Angeles probate matter. When that’s the case, we handle the paperwork so that you can have confidence and peace of mind as you work through a difficult time.