California Probate: An Overview

Your Local Probate Lawyer for Burbank, Toluca Lake & Glendale

Probate is basically the court process of settling the estate of a person who has passed away. A common duty of the court is determining the legal validity of a will. Once the will has been determined valid and legally binding, the execution of the will can proceed. If the decedent did not leave a will, the court will initiate proceedings to settle the decedent's estate through probate administration.

Probate court also handles any disputes or fraudulent claims concerning an estate that must be settled. Having the help of a Burbank real estate, probate, wills and trusts attorney who is well versed in the aspects of probate and the Independent Administration of Estates Act (IAEA) is crucial for improving your chances at the best possible outcome in your probate matters.

Why Choose Attorney Shelley Rios?

  • She has served the Burbank area for over 20 years
  • She provides personal care and attention to each client
  • She is experienced in all ares of estate planning and probate law
  • She offers a free probate case evaluation

What Should I Expect in Probate Court Proceedings?

Whether the probate court proceedings you are involved in surround contested or uncontested estate matters, the process can be complicated and expensive. There are fees and court costs to be taken into account as well as the generally complicated nature of probate legal matters themselves.

The basic procedure includes a collection or recording of all property such as real estate, vehicles, furniture, valuables, stocks, bonds, accounts, etc. that had belonged to the decedent. The court then determines any moneys owed in the form of loans, debts, taxes or other claims which are accordingly paid off from the estate. The following step is to settle any disputes or challenges to the will or trust as it has been presented. Once all is settled, the remaining estate property is distributed among the heirs and transferred as ordered by the court.

Contact a Burbank Probate Attorney with the firm right away if you are facing probate matters. Don't take on a probate case by yourself!