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Irvine Probate Lawyer

Trusted Representation for Probate Cases in Irvine

At Peter Rasla & Associates, P.L.C., our team of legal professionals is committed to providing trusted counsel and effective solutions for all probate-related matters. If you want to ensure that your loved ones do not have to go through the costly and time-consuming probate process, we can assist you in taking all necessary precautions to avoid probate.

If you have been appointed as executor of a deceased loved one's estates, we can guide you to make sure your probate experience is as smooth and efficient as possible. Regardless of what your situation entails, our Irvine probate attorney and his staff have the skills and resources necessary to take on even the most complex probate cases.

Need assistance with a probate issue? Reach out to our law firm in Irvine today for a free case evaluation.

Why Choose Our Probate Attorneys?

Our legal team is truly passionate about every case they take on, always making sure that each client receives the individualized attention they deserve. We recognize that probate can be a challenging and overwhelming experience, and we treat every client with respect, compassion, and honesty.

Reasons why you should trust Peter Rasla & Associates, P.L.C. for your legal needs:

  • Tailored solutions to fit your specific needs
  • A thorough examination of all details
  • The utmost level of client care
  • Effective plans
  • Spanish-speaking services
  • Free case evaluations

The Probate Process in California

During the probate process, the validity of the deceased person's will must be proved, or the court will distribute their property according to California's intestate laws if a will was not left behind. 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 an administrator of the estate.

An executor is an individual who the court appoints to either follow the terms set forth by the deceased person's will or to make decisions for the decedent when there is no will.

The responsibilities of the executor during the probate process are:

  • 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.
  • After authority is granted, the gathering of the deceased person's assets begins.
  • 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.
  • 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.

The probate process does not have a fixed time limit. Typically, the process takes anywhere from a few months to one year.

Different factors can make the process take longer, such as:

  • The size of the estate
  • How long it takes to find a will
  • How long it takes to appoint an executor
  • Notify the beneficiaries of the decedent.

If the will is contested, the probate process will continue until all matters are resolved, which could end up taking years.

Answering Your Probate Questions

If you have been appointed an executor of a loved one's estate, there are a number of duties you will have to complete to ensure that their estate is administered properly and efficiently. Attorney Rasla has been assisting individuals with probate-related matters for years, and he always ensures his clients have a complete understanding of the entire legal process.

Regardless of how complicated your matter may seem, we will work tirelessly to ensure you receive the effective counsel and proper guidance you deserve. You can rest assured that you will never be left in the dark, and will remain well-informed about the status of your case.

Our probate team handles a variety of probate-related matters, and is prepared to assist you with:

Reach Out to Our Irvine Probate Attorney Today

Probate matters can be overwhelming and complicated, but with the help of a reputable lawyer, you can greatly simplify your legal proceedings. Whether you would like to draft a will, create a trust, are going through probate, or simply would like to learn more about the process, we are ready to assist you!

Schedule your free case evaluation today! Contact our office in Irvine, CA now to get started.

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