To win a partition action can take anywhere from a couple of months to reach a settlement agreement to a year or more if it goes to a court trial. The vast majority of partition actions settle out of court, which reduces the time frame from filing to resolution, and makes funds and/or property available […]
Settling an estate without a will is very common. As an estate increases in value and complexity, the process tends to take longer. Here’s a guide for families and executors/administrators. What does it mean to “settle an estate”? When a person passes away, their assets must be distributed to their family, heirs, or beneficiaries
Contingent beneficiaries, remainder beneficiaries, remaindermen, and secondary beneficiaries have rights to estate or trust assets, but those rights are contingent upon the inability to distribute the assets to the primary beneficiary. Here’s a guide. What is a contingent beneficiary? A contingent beneficiary – sometimes called a remainder beneficiary, a remainderman, or a secondary beneficiary,
As a pretermitted child, you likely have legal rights to an estate inheritance. Here’s a simple guide to help you get started in the process to get your inheritance. What is a pretermitted child or omitted child? A pretermitted child simply is a child who was born to a decedent after the decedent’s will or
California Probate Code 850 (commonly referred to as a Heggstad petition) guides the legal process of avoiding lengthy court probate administration procedures by asking a court to order properties that should have been but were not titled in the name of a trust. A powerful, cost-effective tool, Heggstad petitions can save you time and money.