Experienced Assistance In Probate And Estate Administration

Probate and estate administration can appear overwhelming, especially if you have been named executor under the deceased person's will. It is difficult to manage new legal processes while dealing with the loss of a close family member or friend. We can offer guidance to make the entire process less painful and easier for you.

Your Guide To Probate In Southern California

At Conover & Grebe, LLP, we have over three decades of experience managing estate administration and probate in California. As your partner in probate, we can offer knowledgeable counsel during this difficult time. We are very experienced in assisting out-of-state administrators/executors. Most importantly, we will see that your legal matter is handled properly, efficiently, and cost-effectively.

We understand the California Probate Code and the local court rules. Our lawyers will take the time to explain to you the processes clearly. Some important steps to the probate process include:

  • Filing an inventory of the estate's assets
  • Notifying creditors and handling unpaid bills
  • Organizing and selling of personal and real property
  • Distribution of remaining assets to beneficiaries or heirs

Is Probate Always Required?

Probate is necessary in California if the deceased person's estate exceeds $150,000. A last will and testament do not prevent probate, but it does allow the decedent to choose who will be in charge of handling his or her final affairs and how their assets will be distributed. Every situation is different, and the necessity for probate will depend greatly on the titling of assets and other factors. We can help you determine if probate will be necessary or if another type of petition or procedure would be more appropriate, for example: 1) A spousal property petition; 2) Small estate affidavit procedure (pursuant to Probate Code Section 13100); or 3) A Heggstad Petition. If the will is disputed then we can assist in the steps that must be taken to settle contested matters.

California residents can avoid the probate process if they plan early. Trusts have become a popular method to avoid probate. Our attorneys are experienced in trusts and can help you or a family member establish a trust during the estate planning or administration process.

Arrange A Consultation To Learn More

We will help ease the stress of probate with experienced and compassionate legal counsel. Call our office in Torrance, California, to arrange a free initial consultation at 310-776-9028 or fill out our online contact form.