The death of a beloved family member or friend is emotionally devastating and particularly complicated if they died owning property and did not create a trust.
Whether a person died with a will (testate) or without a will (intestate) his or her estate must go through probate in order to legally transfer the assets to the beneficiaries or heirs. California recognizes a narrow exception to probate where the total estate’s value is $150,000 or less, but specific criteria must be satisfied leaving the majority of cases to navigate the probate process.
Will or No Will
In the case of a will probate, the court appoints an executor to complete the administration. Where a person dies without a will, the court appoints an administrator to administer the estate. In either situation, the executor or administrator has a fiduciary duty to the beneficiaries or heirs to act in their best interest. Also, the executor or administrator has specific deadlines to fulfill or risk monetary sanctions by the court or removal.
We Can Help
If a loved one has passed and you are a named executor, a beneficiary, or a blood relative, please contact the Perryman Law Firm. We have extensive experience in navigating and completing the probate process. We will ensure you know your rights and receive your inheritance.