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Benefits of Sacramento Probate

Why is probate a good thing?

For the average person who has never been appointed to settle an estate before, probate can be a highly involved undertaking. At Yonano Law Offices, P.C., our Sacramento probate attorney has over 28 years of experience handling both simple and highly complicated probate cases, and he can explain the benefits of this legal process.

During the estate planning process, some Californians decided to take proactive steps to avoid probate; however, deciding whether or not to avoid probate is a personal decision. In many instances, knowing that the distribution of one's estate will be closely supervised by the court is comforting, especially when there is a fear of family disputes, or concern that the beneficiaries' assets will be mismanaged for any reason.

Some of the benefits of probate include:

  • Debts and taxes will be paid
  • The entire process will be supervised by the court
  • Beneficiaries will be notified of probate proceedings
  • Fiduciaries (executors or administrators) are held to the highest standards of fiduciary duty
  • If there is a will contest, there is a forum to address a dispute
  • If the executor or administrator engages in self-dealing, they can be held liable
  • If an executor fails in their duties, the beneficiaries can petition for their removal
  • All loose ends are wrapped up
  • Close supervision of the personal representative
  • Forum for dispute resolution
  • Time limitation for creditors' claims
  • Family disputes can be policed by the court

Contact a Sacramento probate lawyer today!

While probate typically takes between 9 and 18 months to complete, it was designed to protect creditors and beneficiaries from the harmful actions of dishonest or inexperienced executors and administrators. If you are a beneficiary who is anxious to receive an inheritance or property, you can take comfort in knowing that the courts will closely monitor the personal representative's actions in order to ensure that you receive what you are entitled to.

If you were appointed an executor or administrator of an estate, you can be glad that the state has created a blueprint for you to follow during the administration process. With the help of a Sacramento probate attorney from Yonano Law Offices, P.C., you can perform your duties as smoothly as possible.

Contact our office today to discuss your probate case, we look forward to helping you!

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