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If your loved one has passed on and did not set up a Trust before his or her death, the family may have to deal with probate in order to transfer the decedent's property and settle his or her financial affairs. At Young & Williams LLP, our compassionate estate planning lawyers in Santa Clarita can guide you through the probate process as your legal advisors and advocates. When you retain our firm, you won't have to worry about the legal side of your situation. Instead, you can focus your energy on recovering from the saddening death of your family member or close friend.

Understanding the Probate Process

If probate is necessary, the executor named in the Will is expected to get the ball rolling. If there is no Will, a family member will need to ask the Court to be appointed as the administrator of the estate. The proposed executor or administrator will be required to file the Will (if one exists) along with a Petition for Probate.

Once the Court grants the Petition, the executor or administrator has legal authority over the decedent's assets. This person will have the responsibility of overseeing the payment of debts, the collection of benefits, the valuation and sale of property, and ultimately the distribution of cash or property. The executor or administrator is entitled to be paid from the estate, but must apply to the Court for such compensation.

We Can Help You

If you are a prospective executor or administrator, or a family member with an interest in becoming an estate representative, we can help. Probate is complicated, and the paperwork to initiate and then complete the process can be daunting. Hire a Santa Clarita probate attorney from our firm as your legal counsel so we can help you ensure that all required processes are completed correctly and on time. You can then carry on with your life with the peace of mind that Young & Williams LLP is taking care of the heavy lifting in the probate process. Contact us to get the process started.