Probate Lawyer In Ventura & Los Angeles Counties

When a person dies without an estate plan, or even if the decedent had a Last Will and Testament, the estate must go through a process known as Probate before any assets can be distributed. The California Probate process is often frustrating, time-consuming and needlessly expensive. In addition, it is open to the public.

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Many people have heard of probate but wonder what the process involves. Every situation is different, but a “typical” probate involves:

  • Filing a petition with the probate court
  • Notice to heirs named in the Will or, if there is no Will, to statutory heirs
  • Petition to appoint an Executor (if there is a Will) or an Administrator
  • Inventory and appraisal of all estate assets
  • Payment of estate debt to creditors
  • Sale of estate assets
  • Payment of estate taxes
  • Final distribution of assets to heirs

As you can imagine, completing all of these tasks is difficult enough without the added stress of losing a loved one. Martin will guide you through the process from start to finish. We serve clients in Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village and throughout Ventura and Los Angeles Counties.