Probate is the legal process for proving to a court that the document that is being presented is the deceased’s last will and testament. This allows the transfer of assets of the deceased to be transferred to their beneficiaries, loved ones or friends.
in California, Probate is a court-supervised process that is used to set up a person’s legal and financial affairs after death. A specific document is presented to the court which then provides notice to everyone who would be entitled to inherit something from the deceased.
The one essential thing you can do to ensure your probate is done right is to choose your attorney wisely. it’s never a good idea to assume all attorneys are the same – Too many lawyers only “dabble” in probate law. Don’t choose a lawyer that doesn’t have extensive years in the practice because these lawyers often create more problems for their clients and their cases; often taking longer than those handled by experienced probate attorneys. Our attorneys at Aaronson Law have years of experience dealing with all types of probate cases to ensure you get the best possible representation for your particular case.
Choosing your probate lawyer is one of the most crucial decisions you will have to make. If you take the time and effort to find the right attorney, you will be rewarded with one who will help you navigate the probate process with ease.
You do not have to use the same attorney who prepared your Will – just because a particular attorney prepared the will does not mean that attorney must handle the probate, nor are they even the right person for the job. You need to be comfortable with the attorney and confident that they are the right attorney for your particular needs.
Although difficult to say, a typical Probate case may take anywhere from 12 months to 2 years (and sometimes longer), depending on the matter at hand. Whether a person dies with only a will, or no will at all, a probate will likely be imperative if the deceased owned assets over a certain amount, or if they owned assets only in their own name.