California Probate Administration Attorneys

When a loved one passes away, the last thing you want to think about while you are grieving is performing accounting, handling the administrative responsibilities that arise, and distributing the property in their estate. Unfortunately, the intricate probate administration process occurs at a time that is already extremely difficult for a family. At White and Bright, LLP, our probate administration attorneys know how emotionally overwhelming the probate process can be. We work to take the burden off your shoulders as much as possible, allowing you and your family members to concentrate on what really matters after the loss of a loved one.

Compassionate Counsel Guiding You Through the Probate Process

Probate administration can be a lengthy process in California — personal representatives and court appointed administrators have many tasks that must be carried out. They must obtain death certificates and other certified legal documents, keep an inventory of the assets in the estate, and manage them. They must also locate heirs, beneficiaries, and other individuals who may have an interest in the estate. In addition, it is the administrator’s responsibility to file tax returns for the decedent, record all income, expenses, and payments, and determine the value of all banking, savings, mutual funds, and brokerage accounts.

At White & Bright, our probate attorneys help clients throughout the entire probate administration process. Whether an estate is large or small — and the decedent left a will or not — our legal team offers trusted counsel to ensure the process is carried out with the precision and knowledge necessary to secure optimal results. Specifically, we assist clients with the following:

  • Filing the probate petition
  • Validating the will
  • Requesting appointment of the personal representative of the estate
  • Working with the personal representative to perform their responsibilities
  • Locating the estate assets
  • Inventorying the estate assets
  • Receiving creditors’ claims
  • Paying debts and expenses of the estate
  • Disputing creditor claims
  • Transferring titles
  • Filing the necessary legal documents

We also assist the personal representative with preparing the final inventory, distributing the estate assets to beneficiaries, and closing the estate. Importantly, probate administration is a complex process — and administering an estate incorrectly can leave the administrator vulnerable to liability. At White & Bright, we work closely with administrators so that they can make informed decisions and are protected from liability. Our attorneys help to ensure that the probate process runs smoothly and is handled correctly, so that you are free to focus on the things that matter most to you and your family.

Skillful Attorneys for California Probate Administration Matters

In California, there are many different rules that must be followed — and timelines that must be complied with — when it comes to administering an estate. For those who aren’t familiar with probate administration, the legal proceedings associated with it can be confusing and overwhelming. At White & Bright, we understand how stressful the probate administration process can be and assist administrators with avoiding the pitfalls that can arise in administering a decedent’s estate. No matter how complex a probate administration issue, our attorneys are committed to simplifying the process for clients.

We walk with clients every step of the way to ensure probate administration is carried out in a timely and efficient manner. Offering skillful guidance and reliable representation, we are dedicated to educating our clients and streamlining the process. If a dispute arises during the course of the probate administration process that requires litigation, we work swiftly to achieve a positive outcome. Our attorneys have extensive experience resolving probate matters in the courtroom and by using alternative dispute resolution methods such as negotiation, mediation, and arbitration.

In addition to providing counsel to administrators and executors for probate administration matters, the attorneys at White & Bright also represent families, beneficiaries, and creditors for a wide range of matters concerning probate administration. Our clients can have peace and mind and be confident in knowing that when they are represented by White & Bright, they will have an attorney by their side who is adept at handling even the most complicated probate administration matters.

Contact an Experienced California Probate Administration Attorney

If your loved one has passed away and you are responsible for administering their estate, it’s essential to have the representation of a knowledgeable probate administration attorney. The experienced probate administration attorneys at White & Bright, LLP can guide you through the California probate process and advise you regarding your role as a personal representative. We welcome you to call (760) 747-3200 or to contact us online to schedule a consultation and learn more about the probate administration services we provide.