Bay Area Probate Attorney

What is Probate?

Probate is the court supervised administration of a person’s estate. Probate in California is governed by the California Probate Code. The probate code is a collection of statutes enacted by the California legislature and interpreted and carried out by the California courts.

The purpose of probate is to notify any creditors that a person has dies and then distribute that person’s assets. The assets are distributed either as described in the person’s will (if there is one) or as the probate code describes. In essence, probate is a process to foreclose creditors who do not make a claim during the statutory time limit so that the estate can be distributed without outstanding liabilities.

What Triggers Probate?

In California, probate is required when a person dies without a will or when a person dies with a will and a gross estate in excess of one hundred and fifty thousand dollars. Many people have the misconception that if you have a will you can avoid probate. This is not true in California.

Steps in the Probate Process:

-Appointing an administrator or executor,

-Notifying potential beneficiaries and creditors,

-Appraising and selling assets,

-Settling creditor claims, and

-Distributing the remaining estate assets.

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5 San Francisco Bay Area Offices

Walnut Creek
Estate plans and living trusts

1535 North Main Street, Suite 240
Walnut Creek, CA 94596

(925) 210-1400

(925) 210-1400

Mountain View
Estate plans and living trusts

800 West El Camino Real, Suite 180
Mountain View, CA 94040

(650) 933-7122

(650) 933-7122

San Mateo
Estate plans and living trusts

951 Mariners Island Blvd, Suite 300
San Mateo, CA 94404

(415) 373-8335

(415) 373-8335

San Francisco
Estate plans and living trusts

75 Broadway Street, Suite 202
San Francisco, CA 94111

(415) 373-8335

(415) 373-8335

Marin County
Estate plans and living trusts

700 Larkspur Landing Circle, #199
Larkspur, CA 94939

(415) 373-8335

(415) 373-8335

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