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Gullotta Law Group, our
Sonoma County probate attorney is devoted to helping individuals get through the probate process as quickly
and painlessly as possible. With
15 years of experience, our attorney has become recognized and respected for his ability to help
our clients work through their probate matters in a manner that is effective
Although you may be going through a complicated time, you do not have to
work through probate on your own. Our team is here to provide you with
the supportive counsel you deserve. Give us a call today at
(707) 509-3880 to schedule your free consultation with Attorney Gullotta.
Let Our Attorney Walk You Through The Probate Process
Losing a loved one is difficult enough - having to go through probate after
dealing with your loss can be especially difficult. When someone passes
away, the assets of the deceased person, or decedent, must be passed down
to heirs through the probate court. During the probate process, the executor
named in the decedent's will or the administrator appointed by the
court will need to administer the estate. Although it can last longer,
the process generally takes between nine months and a year.
We will help you carry out your duties as an executor or administrator
seamlessly. We will explain the laws and help you navigate the complexities
of the legal system every step of the way. If you do encounter a will
contest or a creditor lawsuit, we can provide you with legal advice and
protect your interests. With
experience as a CPA, Attorney Gullotta understands the legal and economic matters involved
in estate planning and probate.
Helpful Probate Information
Whether you have been appointed an executor or an administrator of an estate,
you are held to the highest levels of fiduciary duty and cannot engage
in any conflict of interest or self-dealing. This means that you will
have to answer to the court while following the wishes of the deceased
outlined in his or her will, or in the absence of a will, according to
California's laws of intestate succession. If an executor does cause
undue harm to an estate, he or she can be held liable for any damage done
to the estate.
Administering the estate involves:
Collecting and managing all of the probate assets
Paying debts and taxes
Distributing the remaining property to beneficiaries
Property that is owned with someone else in joint tenancy will not go through
probate, but will pass to the surviving owner. Additionally, assets that
are included in a living trust will not go through probate. If there is
a named beneficiary, the assets held in a revocable living trust or account
do not go through probate either.
If the decedent's estate is worth $150,000 or less, the estate may
qualify for simplified procedures. All real property, personal property,
and life insurance or retirement benefits that are paid to the estate
are counted. Some property is not counted, including cars, property in
other states, and up to $5,000 worth of unpaid compensation.
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No matter how complicated matters may seem, you can rely on us to provide
you with the compassionate support and effective counsel you need to move
forward. To find out more about our services or to request your free case
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