ProbateWhat is probate? In California, probate is the court-supervised process that wraps up a deceased person’s legal and financial affairs. A California probate attorney may be retained by the executor of the deceased person’s estate to oversee the process. In a probate proceeding, the deceased person’s creditors are paid and the estate’s assets are fairly and appropriately distributed. When someone dies with only a will or with no will, the probate process will likely be necessary if the decedent owned substantial assets or assets only in his or her own name. If you need to ensure that probate is conducted properly, contact an experienced Fresno probate attorney at Tomassian, Pimentel & Shapazian.


Probating a will can take from one to two years and sometimes longer in California. Probate is lengthy, complicated, and costly. Probate fees are determined by the California Probate Code. Probate in California is usually a six-step process. Each step involves legal documentation and verification:

  • The will must be validated.
  • An executor must be appointed.
  • The estate must be inventoried.
  • Claims against the estate must be paid.
  • Estate taxes must be paid.
  • The remaining assets then must be distributed.


Ensure that your probate is done right by choosing your probate lawyer wisely. You are not required to work with the attorney who prepared the will. You need to be comfortable with the attorney you choose and confident that he or she is someone who routinely and effectively handles wills and probate matters. Choosing your probate or trust lawyer is a vitally important decision.

Tomassian, Pimentel & Shapazian represents clients in the Fresno area and across California in all matters related to probate laws and estate planning. We keep flexible hours to meet your scheduling needs, and we return every call promptly. Our staff speaks Spanish and French, so don’t let a language barrier keep you from the probate help you need. Call Tomassian, Pimentel & Shapazian promptly at 559-277-7300 or contact us online to schedule an initial consultation with an experienced Fresno probate attorney.