949.390.9994 Se Habla Español

Probate Process

The Probate Process in California

Irvine Probate Lawyer – Counsel You Can Trust

Have you been appointed as the executor of your deceased loved one's estate? If so, it is likely that you have questions and concerns regarding the probate process. Peter Rasla & Associates, P.L.C. is a law firm devoted to helping individuals and families as they work through their probate proceedings. For years, the Irvine probate attorney has been providing high-quality representation and implementing effective legal strategies to help clients get through probate efficiently and effectively.

Going through probate? Get started on your case by calling today at (949) 390-9994.

Duties of the Executor

If a will has been left behind, the person named as the executor will need to come forward to begin executing the probate process. If there is no will or the person appointed executor is unavailable, the court will have to appoint a member of the family as administrator of the estate. The executor's duties will probably last between six months to a year.

The responsibilities of the executor during the probate process are as follows:

  1. The executor files the will and the "Petition for Probate" with the probate court in the county where the deceased person lived. They will then be issued a letter that officially appoints them as executor and grants them the authority to manage the deceased person's assets.
  2. After authority is granted, the gathering of the deceased person's assets begins.
  3. The executor must get organized. This includes tasks such as notifying banks and government agencies of the death, paying debts and taxes, applying for a taxpayer ID number for the estate, and opening an estate bank account.
  4. The executor must submit an inventory and appraisal of all probate property to the court, and supervise the distribution of property.

During probate, it is the executor's duty to ensure that all assets are kept safe. This means that if the deceased person left behind a house, the property must be insured and maintained.

Get the Effective Legal Guidance You Deserve!

Because probate is a time-consuming process that must be completed thoroughly and accurately, it can be beneficial to hire an attorney to assist you throughout the process. The Irvine legal team recognizes how overwhelming probate can be, and they always strive to provide every client with attentive care and effective guidance through the completion of their case. By retaining the firm's representation, you can trust that you are working with a well-organized team that will handle your matters efficiently and thoroughly.

Make sure that your probate process goes as smoothly as possible! Contact the firm today to schedule your free case evaluation . Spanish-speaking services are available!