Probate And Trust Administration In Southern California

Estate planning is the first step to ensuring that your loved ones receive the assets and property that you wish them to receive. Upon death, your estate plan will be put into action. The attorneys of Kenneth E. Devore & Associates can assist you with this task as well. With professional guidance from an experienced probate lawyer, you can feel confident that the details of probate, estate and trust administration are being handled correctly, and the chances for later conflicts are minimized.

Allow us to advise and guide you through the probate process. Call our law office in Westlake Village at 818-338-3252 for prompt and personalized service from a team of skilled legal professionals who can guide you through your duties in probate, estate and trust administration

Understanding The Probate Process

Probate is the legal process of validating a will, paying the estate’s debts and taxes, and distributing property to heirs and beneficiaries. This task is usually undertaken by a person designated in the will as the “executor.” This is often a person who has no experience probating an estate.

Working with an attorney who understands California probate law can give you peace of mind that the details have been handled properly and that deadlines have been met. It also reduces the chance that an heir or beneficiary will have reason to dispute how the estate was handled.

You will need to probate any estate in which the deceased did not have all of their property in a trust or other nonprobate assets. Probate will occur if there was a will, if there was no will or if some assets were left out of the trust.

Skilled Assistance With Trust Administration

At the law office of Kenneth E. Devore & Associates, we concentrate our practice only on estate planning, trusts and probate. Attorney Kenneth Devore is certified as a specialist in estate planning, trust and probate law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization and has an advanced law degree (LL.M.) in taxation. We are well-prepared to assist clients with sophisticated needs.

We serve as legal advisers for trustees, offering guidance on such issues as successor trusteeship, investment options, standards of distribution, fiduciary responsibilities, titling of assets, estate tax planning, and income tax and property tax issues.

Litigating Probate Disputes And Trust Disputes

We represent trustees and beneficiaries who are bringing legal claims regarding the proper handling of probate or by an executor, in cases involving contested wills, and when the accounting, reporting or management by a trustee is in question.

If you believe there has been wrongdoing or mismanagement of an estate planning or probate process, or in the administration of a trust of which you are a beneficiary, contact our Westlake Village law office for a consultation. Reach the firm online or call 818-338-3252.