In the process of probate administration, the court controls the process of administering the estate of the decedent. The summary of this administration process involves collecting and adding up everything the decedent owned, everything they owed, including any taxes due, expenses or debts, and finally, how their things get distributed and to whom (beneficiaries). However, the court doesn’t do this on their own. They utilize a liaison that represents the decedent’s estate. If a person dies with a Will, then the liaison is the person named in the Will (the executor). The executor interacts with the court and manages this process. At the end of the court process, the distributions go according to the Will. If a person dies without a Will, then the liaison is appointed by the court (call a personal representative) during probate administration. In this case, the personal representative interacts with the court and manages the probate process. At the end of the court process, the distributions go according to California Probate Law. This process can be very complicated, time consuming, and possibly contentious. In addition, there are strict deadlines, such as taking the Will to probate court within 30 days of the date of death. There are also tax related and accounting duties required. While some families are able to handle this process on their own, most people prefer to hire a law firm to manage and handle this process. If you have recently experienced a loss of a loved one, please contact us to see how we can help.
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