16 May 2012 0 Comments

Administering an estate

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The process of administering an estate of a loved one can only add to your emotional turmoil.

California law requires any estate without a Will (when someone dies intestate) to go through the probate process and in some cases, estates valued at more than $150,000 may be subject to probate.  It’s a tedious and stressful time, but someone has to take care of it.

When someone dies intestate, the probate court appoints an administrator – usually the surviving spouse or next of kin.  When the decedent leaves a Will, the probate court appoints a trusted person to serve as executor of the estate unless the decedent has already done that.  The executor works with the court to make sure the decedent’s financial affairs are resolved and his or her wishes are carried out.

Having someone with estate administration experience to guide you through this process is invaluable.  If you have any questions regarding your estate planning, contact an experienced Riverside Family Law attorney who will help to make sure your loved one’s estate is distributed fairly.

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