El Dorado Hills Probate Administration Attorney
Assisting Clients in Sacramento & Across Northern California
Have you recently lost a loved one and are you the one who will be responsible
for settling their estate? At Yonano Law Offices, P.C., our El Dorado
Hills probate administration lawyer has over 28 years of experience providing
legal representation to executors and administrators throughout the probate
process. We proudly serve clients throughout the Greater Sacramento Area,
and we would be pleased to help you too.
What is Probate Administration?
Probate is the court-supervised process of validating a will, paying off a decedent's
debts and taxes, transferring the decedent's property to the beneficiaries,
and settling the decedent's estate.
The probate administration process typically goes as follows:
The named executor or administrator is appointed
- If the decedent did not leave a will or name an executor in their will,
the courts will appointment an administrator
- Heirs, beneficiaries, and creditors are identified and notified about the estate
- The estate's representative inventories and appraises property in the estate
- The estate's representative pays any existing taxes and debts of the estate
- The estate's representative distributes remaining assets to recognized
Under California law, the estate's personal representative must complete
all probate actions within one year from the date they were appointed.
An exception exists if they file a federal estate tax, allowing them to
extend that time to 18 months.
Disputes and Complications During Probate
Sometimes, complications can arise during the probate process. Certain
assets, such as life insurance policies or those held in a living trust,
will bypass probate. Sometimes, real estate and other complex assets need
to be sold, which can lengthen the probate process.
One significant issue during probate is when beneficiaries or others connected
to the decedent dispute the will or contest the actions of the estate's
Litigating a probate dispute can take a long time, and the administration process cannot conclude until
the dispute is resolved.
(916) 343-8488 or
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