What is probate? In California, transfer is the court-supervised process that wraps up a deceased person’s legal and financial affairs. A California confer attorney may be retained by the executor of the deceased person’s estate to oversee the process. In a transfer 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 transfer 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 confer is conducted properly, contact an experienced Fresno confer attorney at Tomassian, Pimentel & Shapazian.
PROBATE IN CALIFORNIA
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 Transfer 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.
THE RIGHT PROBATE ATTORNEY
Ensure that your transfer is done right by choosing your confer 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 confer 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 confer 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 confer attorney.