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Probate Attorney Thousand Oaks

Thousand Oaks wills and probate attorneys at Stevenson Law Office assist clients in probate administration, and also represent beneficiaries, heirs, conservators, administrators, and executors in probate litigation. We can guide you through the probate process and ensure your rights and interests are protected in the event of a dispute.

PROBATE ADMINISTRATION ATTORNEY

Probate is the court-supervised process of identifying and gathering a deceased person's assets to ensure that any final debts are paid and any remaining assets are transferred to the decedent's beneficiaries. Beneficiaries may be named in a person's will or distributed to the decedent's heirs according to California's laws governing intestate succession if the decedent died without a will.

If an estate is not complicated, probating a will in Sherman Oaks Thousand Oaks should be a straightforward process. The executor (a personal representative for the estate) is required to file a petition to schedule a hearing of the will in probate court, which interested parties may attend. During the hearing, the court reviews the will and clears assets for transfer to the named beneficiaries.

Unfortunately, however, probate administration is rarely so simple, and can be quite complex and confusing for the personal representative or estate executor named in a will. We help estate fiduciaries take care of all the details necessary to settle an estate, including the preparation and filing of all necessary documents, notifying creditors, handling tax issues, and overseeing the orderly distribution of property.

Experienced Sherman Oaks Probate Litigation Attorneys

Disputes can develop during the probate process for many reasons. In some cases, conflicts may arise during the process of estate administration. During estate administration, the estate executor or administrator of a trust owes a fiduciary loyalty to beneficiaries of an estate. If an executor or administrator is not fair or honest when handling assets, heirs and beneficiaries can apply to probate court for relief, charging breach of fiduciary duty. Please see our trusts and estates litigation page for more information about these types of disputes.

Disagreements involving the validity of a will are also common during probate. Will contests may be based on lack of proper drafting, signatures, or witnesses; claims that the testator (person making the will) lacked the mental capacity to understand the nature of his or her assets or the terms of the will, as in cases of dementia, psychosis, or irrational conduct; and/or claims of undue influence by a friend, relative, or health care worker who compelled or coerced the testator to sign the will.

The attorneys at Stevenson Law Office have significant experience in probate litigation involving estate administration and will contests, as well as cases involving probate fraud, abuse of power of attorney, and conservatorship abuse. In providing high quality counsel for parties to probate litigation, we rely on thorough research, years of courtroom experience, and a clear understanding of the subtleties of probate law.

Contact Skilled Probate Lawyer

Whether you are an executor, administrator, conservator, beneficiary, or heir, a Sherman Oaks and Thousand Oaks probate litigation attorney from the Stevenson Law Office can provide the guidance and representation you need throughout the probate process. Please contact our firm to schedule a consultation and learn more about our probate services.