At Conover & Grebe, LLP, we guide our clients through the probate process, helping them to handle their legal duties and obligations while making sure that things run smoothly. We have years of experience and in-depth knowledge of California probate law which enables us to accomplish this in a timely and cost-effective fashion.
In California, a probate proceeding is necessary, with or without a Will, if the value of a deceased person's assets are above a certain threshold, currently $100,000.00. A Probate is a court proceeding that winds up a person's legal and financial affairs after death. If the deceased person has a Will and has named an individual to handle his or her affairs after death, this person is called an Executor. If there is no Will, the person handling the probate estate is called an Administrator. The spouse, a child, a close family member or friend of the decedent may wish to file a petition to handle the probate. An Executor and or Administrator may also be called a fiduciary.
Many fiduciaries are wary of the probate process. They are nervous about going to court and are unsure about what to expect. One major concern is that the probate process will take a long time. While some probate proceedings can be lengthy, we at Conover & Grebe, LLP pride ourselves in closing probate matters within six to seven months except in certain circumstances or where there is real property involved that must be sold. We can help guide you through the probate process and take away the worry and burden that often comes with winding up a decedent's affairs. We will do everything in our power to make the experience as easy as possible.
Probate may not always be necessary. In certain circumstances, the California Probate Code allows the decedent's property to be distributed without court involvement. This may occur if the total value of the estate is under $100,000.00. It may also occur if the estate property is jointly owned, with the decedent's interest passing to the survivor or in other circumstances.
If you are running into difficult situations after the loss of a loved one, the probate attorneys at Conover & Grebe, LLP, in Torrance can assist in finding a solution.
Contact Our Torrance Probate Attorneys
If you are an executor, administrator, creditor, beneficiary, heir or interested party, talking with an experienced lawyer is the most effective way to learn about decedents' estates and transferring property without a Probate. To talk with our Torrance, California, probate lawyers, we urge you to contact our law firm at 310-776-9028 or toll free at 866-661-9751 for a confidential consultation.