Guidance For Californians Enduring Probate Disputes
Probate can be a nightmare for any family, whether they have a will or not. But while dealing with probate issues can be challenging, it’s crucial to address them as they arise. That’s because ignoring them can have undesirable consequences.
Whether those issues include disgruntled beneficiaries or managing debts tied to an estate, The Sterling Law Group, A P.C., is here to help. We can guide you through the probate process and take some burdens off you and your family members’ shoulders. We’ve handled probate cases for many years and our knowledge of the process can help you make effective decisions and avoid mistakes.
Navigate The Complexities Of The Probate Process
In California, there are specific probate requirements you must abide by. Missing one of these steps can cause a significant delay or irreparable harm to an estate. Additionally, many California counties have probate procedures you must follow.
The lawyers at The Sterling Law Group, A P.C., understand how problematic and frustrating navigating these additional rules can be. We can do the heavy lifting for you to ensure you follow all state and local probate rules. We have successfully handled probate cases in:
- Sacramento County
- Placer County
- Sutter County
- El Dorado County
- Santa Clara County
- Yuba County
- Butte County
- Alameda County
Our firm has handled all types of probate disputes, including nontraditional cases involving complex estates. No matter what type of estate you’re dealing with, we’re here to serve as your legal advocates.
Work With Attorneys Who Care
Our law firm prides itself on being a small, close-knit team that works to answer your questions and keep your best interests in mind. When you come in for a consultation, we listen closely to your story and your concerns surrounding your probate dispute. We then break down how your dispute applies to California probate law and create a legal strategy that aligns with your goals.
Client success and satisfaction are what drive us. That’s why we work with you directly for the entirety of your case.
Frequently Asked Questions About Probate in Sacramento
What is probate?
Probate is the legal process of distributing a person’s estate after they pass away. Through probate, a court will oversee the distribution of assets and debts, as well as any disputes that arise.
What are the steps in the probate process?
The probate process typically involves the following steps:
1. Filing a petition with the court
2. Notifying creditors and other interested parties
3. Identifying and inventorying assets
4. Valuing assets
5. Paying creditors and taxes
6. Distributing assets to beneficiaries
How long does probate take?
The length of the probate process can vary depending on the complexity of the estate. Generally, it can take anywhere from six months to a year or more to complete.
How much does probate cost?
The cost of probate can vary depending on the complexity of the estate. Generally, the probate court will charge a filing fee, as well as a fee for each asset that has to be transferred. In addition, there may be other costs associated with probate, such as attorney fees, appraisal fees, and administrative costs .
Do I need an attorney to help with the probate process?
It is strongly recommended that you hire an experienced probate lawyer to help with the probate process. A lawyer can help ensure that the process is handled properly and in accordance with the law. They can also help with any disputes that may arise.
What services does a probate law firm offer?
A probate law firm can offer a variety of services related to the probate process. These services may include helping to file the necessary paperwork, assisting with the valuation of assets, helping to resolve disputes, and representing clients in court.
What if I disagree with how the probate is being handled?
If the administrator or executor are not proceeding as you believe they should, you may need to consider probate litigation. Contesting the actions taken in the probate process should be done in a timely manner. You need to speak to an estate litigation attorney as soon as possible.
You Don’t Have To Handle Probate Alone
Probate conflicts can be destructive without the right guidance. Our probate attorneys can provide knowledgeable and experienced representation for beneficiaries and fiduciaries. Call The Sterling Law Group, A P.C., at 916-727-6904 or fill out our contact form to schedule your free consultation today.