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At 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 and efficient.
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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 707.938.7234 to schedule your free consultation with Attorney Gullotta.
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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 evaluation, get in touch with us today!