Santa Clarita Probate Attorney
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Probate cases require a specific attention to detail and a full understanding of a decedent's wishes as described in a last will and testament. Poole Shaffery and the firm's Santa Clarita probate lawyers have the capability of handling any probate case that might be causing complications in your life. Founded nearly 20 years ago, the firm has managed estate planning and probate concerns for individual family estates and those valued in the multimillions.
Accolades and accomplishments that set Poole Shaffery apart from other law firms include:
- Decades of collective legal experience
- Entire team of attorneys available to work on your case
- Multiple AV® Preeminent™ Ratings by Martindale-Hubbell®
- Several Super Lawyers® and Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠ on staff
Probate law and probate litigation come to second nature to their group of Santa Clarita probate attorneys.
Handling the Probate Process
After a loved one passes away, the estate they leave behind will be reviewed and subsequently distributed to surviving family members and friends through a legal procedure known as probate. An appointed administrator of the will oversees the probate process with the assistance of a probate lawyer. The main concerns for an administrator, sometimes called an executive, are the repayment of any existing debts and the eventual transfer of assets and property to named beneficiaries.
To reach a conclusion in probate, the administrator must understand and handle:
- Validation: An existing will can be analyzed in the initial steps of probate for validity. This is typically not an issue unless a concerned party or beneficiary has reason to question its validity.
- Appraisal: The full value of the estate must be determined during probate. Assets of considerable value, such as real estate or heirlooms, should be appraised first and foremost.
- Debts to creditors: Few people will pass away without leaving at least one debt to a creditor or lender. The probate procedure can allow the administrator to understand the extent of the decedent's debts and what should be done to address them.
- Transfer: After each other step in probate is completed to satisfaction, the transfer of property to named beneficiaries can be done. Assets that were not named in the will may be subject to distribution based on state law.
Free Yourself of Complications
An ideal probate process will proceed smoothly and with no unnecessary delays. At Poole Shaffery, the firm's goal is to begin and close your probate case as soon as possible, all while putting no stresses on your shoulders.