Probate is a court-supervised process that oversees the distribution of a deceased person's assets.
Probate is necessary when the decedent dies without a Will; or with only a Will; or with property that did not get put into a Revocable Living Trust.
California's Probate Courts also appoint guardians for children and conservators (adult guardians) for persons and estates.
There are few different methods to get through probate. Some estates can take a shortcut route and file only a few forms but many estates require the full probate court proceeding.
Also, the property that did not make it into the decedent's Trust may need to be probated.
I can help you decide what will work best for your loved one's estate.
In California, a court proceeding is required to formalize the guardianship of a child or the child's money.
If you are a parent of a minor child, your estate planning includes naming a guardian for your children. Still, the person(s) nominated must get the probate court's approval.
I can help get you appointed.
While a guardianship is for a minor, a conservatorship is for an adult who needs someone to take care of them because they are unable to care for themselves or their finances.
There are different types of conservatorships depending on the adult's circumstances. I can help you decide what is your best option and help get you appointed.
& Document Preparation
If you are looking for a lower cost alternative to full representation, there are options available.
For example, I can prepare and file your documents, while you represent yourself in court.
Alternatively, I can appear in court for you after you have filed the paperwork.