We Work To Simplify Probate

The death of a loved one is a momentous event that will impact your life, and the lives of your family in many ways. If you have been named executor, administrator or personal representative of your loved one's estate, you are taking on many unique tasks. Working with a knowledgeable, experienced lawyer can go a long way toward making the probate administration process run as smoothly as possible.

We can assist you with specific estate procedures such as:

  • A Heggstad petition which involves transferring assets to the trust after one's death. These are often required as frequently some people forget to put their assets in their trusts.
  • A spousal petition involving transfer of assets after death, to simplify probate.
  • A 13100 petition to streamline filing for small estates.

At The Elder and Disability Law Firm, APC, we are recognized as leaders in elder law, estate planning and probate. Whether your loved one did or did not have a will, we can meet your needs. Our law firm, led by attorney Esther Wang, represents people from all walks of life with all sizes of estates.

Handling Each Step Of The Probate Process

Administering an estate can involve a number of steps, including:

  • Filing the will (if one exists) with the probate court
  • Preparing the probate petition and all requisite documents
  • Sending notice to creditors
  • Paying valid estate debts
  • Collecting and evaluating all estate assets
  • Advising on estate tax matters
  • Distributing estate assets to beneficiaries and closing the estate

Typically, the probate process takes between 12 and 16 months, although small estates can be settled in as few as four months.

No Cost Benefit To Hiring A Lawyer With Less Experience

Under California law, all attorney fees in probate matters are determined by statute. There are no cost savings by hiring a lawyer with less experience. When you work with our firm, we will do everything possible to streamline the probate process and to preserve the size of your loved one's estate.

When Medi-Cal Benefits Or Other Government Benefits Are At Issue

If your loved one received Medi-Cal benefits or other government benefits prior to death, it is especially critical to hire our law firm. The California government may have the right to bring a claim against your loved one's estate. We fully understand how the law applies to these situations, and will make sure that the government does not receive any more than it is entitled to recover.

Call Today To Schedule A Strategy Session

Based in Redlands and Riverside, our law firm serves people across San Bernardino County and beyond. Call 800-409-6271 or contact us online to get started. All communications remain entirely confidential.