Serving the California Families Since 1977
Probate of wills can be expensive and cumbersome in California, which is why we advise many of our estate planning clients about avoiding probate entirely through the use of revocable living trusts, pour over wills, and similar instruments. Even summary probate administration, which is available for estates valued at less than $166,250, is a time consuming process. Because the California Probate Code makes no provision for unsupervised probate, even small estates must obtain court approval during several steps of the administration process.
With our experience, we can help you discharge your estate administration functions as quickly as possible with respect to each of the core duties of an executor or personal representative:
- Prove the authenticity of the will
- Assemble the assets ("marshalling") and prepare an inventory
- Pay debts and review claims against the estate
- Distribute assets to heirs
- Prepare and file the final accounting
In probate estates where substantial assets were held in revocable living trusts, we also can advise the successor trustee about his or her trust administration responsibilities, and advise the trustee about the most effective ways to keep trust assets out of probate.
For additional information about our ability to provide streamlined service in California estate administration, contact the probate attorneys at Thompson Von Tungeln.