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When a person passes away, their assets must be disbursed in a manner consistent with state laws and following the directions they put forth when they were alive, as stated in their will. A probate lawyer guides the executor of will or beneficiaries of an estate through the probate process: From identifying estate assets and […]

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There are five basic instances that you may have to go to Los Angeles Superior Probate Court: 1. To file a petition for probate, 2. To attend your probate hearing, 3. To clear probate notes for your petition to be approved, 4. To update the probate court judge on the status of your administration, and […]

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One of the most popular things clients look for in a probate attorney is location, preferably a “probate lawyer near me”. Well, here are six reasons I’d want a probate lawyer near me, plus one big reason I’d choose a probate attorney even hundreds of miles away from me. 6 Reasons to choose a local […]

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Power of attorney grants the holder (the “agent”) to act on the behalf of another person (the “principal”), for the sake of their best interest. It is an important role when a person becomes incapacitated, or otherwise is unable to make legal, financial or health decisions on their own. A principal can grant as many, […]

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Curious about wills? Need a living will? Looking for an estate planning attorney? From California to Florida, this guide will help. We’ll cover various types of wills, why you might be interested in them, and then how you might be able to go about creating one – either with an estate planning attorney or will […]

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Probate lawyer and attorney costs are standardized in California and most other states. Plus, other fees and compensation also are predetermined. To help clarify, let’s discuss the four basic groups of probate lawyer costs and other fees: Ordinary Probate Lawyer Costs Ordinary probate attorney costs are predetermined by statute and based upon the value of […]

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Rest assured, many Los Angeles Superior Court probate petitions generate probate notes. They’re very common and easy to address. If you’re working with a probate attorney, they should be handling everything. If you’re doing things on your own, here’s a simple guide.   What are probate notes? Probate notes are simply questions, corrections or additional […]

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A trust litigation attorney becomes necessary when disputes arise during the organized distribution of property from one generation to another, e.g. heirs and beneficiaries. Typically, a trust is constructed in such a way that instructions are clearly stated. However, despite a well-crafted trust document being in place, legal issues can and do still come up, […]

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What are the duties of a trustee in California? California Probate Code outlines Trustee Duties quite clearly. And now, we’re going to make it even clearer. First off, let’s define some popular terms:   What is a trust? A trust, or living trust, is a document designed to help families avoid legal process, probate, after […]

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Contesting a will is more common than heirs, beneficiaries and executors may think. We tell our clients every day: Disputing a loved one’s will or trust does not make you a bad person. All too often wills resulted from interference from a loved one or an interloper. We work with heirs, beneficiaries, administrators, executors, and […]

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Any relationship between two parties in a transaction where at least one of the parties is required to act in good faith and for the benefit of the other party is said to be a fiduciary relationship. One of the most common examples of this is that a lawyer retained by a client, the attorney […]

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