Glendora Probate Attorney
Serving Families from Offices in Glendora & Irvine
Losing a loved one is hard enough, but having the estate go through the
courts for months or years makes it worse. When your loved one has passed
without an estate plan, if there is conflict among the heirs, or if the
estate has a high value, the probate process attempts to resolve things
fairly. A skilled probate attorney in Glendora or Irvine can help streamline
Some actions, like selling real estate that belongs to the estate, require
court approval. Thanks to the Independent Administration of Estates Act
there are many things the executor can do without court oversight, including:
- Sell private property of the estate
- Pay taxes
- Approve or reject creditor claims
- File tax returns
Creditors have four months to come forward with claims. The executor or
trustee has to get organized, apply for a taxpayer ID for the estate,
and open an estate bank account. There must be an inventory and appraisal
of all probate property. The executor or trustee must keep all assets
safe and in good condition until the court closes the probate.
When the estate has paid all bills and taxes, the administrator can ask
the court to close the probate. Then the beneficiaries receive the estate
assets they are due.
Probate can be a long, complex process. Get help from an experienced Glendora
probate attorney. Contact the Morris Law Firm at (626) 587-2677 today.
Because probate actions can be lengthy and expensive, many people are interested
in avoiding probate. There are steps you can take to make the estate administration
easier, although your loved one generally has to do them before he or
she passes. Small estates may not be subject to probate. Estates that
have a living trust also may allow families to avoid the hassle and expense
of probate court. You can also use joint ownership or joint tenancy to
pass assets without the court’s involvement, in some cases.
Knowing all your options and making sure you obey the law requires the
help of a qualified Glendora estate planning attorney. With over 25 years
of experience, our team is here to make it easier for you. For a
consultation in Glendora or Irvine, contact us today at (626) 587-2677.