The death of a loved one is traumatic under any circumstances. The complexity of California laws and processes required to settle the deceased person's affairs can add tremendous stress for survivors designated as executors, trustees or personal representatives. Others with an interest in the estate may need qualified legal counsel to protect their interests as well. A probate lawyer at Shore, McKinley, & Conger, LLP, can provide valuable direction in regards to state laws and insight into local probate proceedings. However, in many cases, probate court may be avoidable if your loved one has established a solid estate plan. Our team can help facilitate smooth estate administration and division of assets in Walnut Creek and Stockton, CA, that will ease your burden.
When is a Probate Lawyer Necessary?
While some individuals may have a simple estate that can be easily managed privately, it is typically recommended that you seek the services of a seasoned probate lawyer. Professional services are essential in cases where there is disagreement amongst family members which can lead to will contests, insufficient funds to resolve debts, or if there is a business involved. These aspects of an estate are subject to very specific laws and processes. If handled incorrectly, substantial difficulties may be encountered. A legal team with experience in estate planning and administration can be an invaluable resource during this time.
Reliable, Effective Counsel
We provide comprehensive probate and estate administration services to our clients. Our long-standing law firm takes pride in being the trusted legal resource across multiple generations of many families. We are here to help you meet obligations and resolve any disputes that arise as efficiently and economically as possible.
A legal team with experience in estate planning and administration can be an invaluable resource during this time.
Experience You Can Trust
Highly experienced attorneys at our firm know estate law from all angles. With a thriving practice in estate planning at all levels of complexity, as well as in business and commercial law, we are adept at dealing with trust administration, business succession issues, and inheritance disputes. Our services include:
- Ensuring that all requirements associated with intestate succession, probate of a will, trust administration or other matters are satisfied in a timely, accurate fashion
- Providing guidance and detail-focused representation to protect trustees, executors and other responsible parties from personal liability for any missteps or omissions
- Advocating for heirs and beneficiaries who suspect any mismanagement of assets or other wrongdoing that may deprive them of their rightful inheritance
We can also evaluate current estate plans so that you can form a relationship with a legal team you can count on. Our estate planning services will help you protect your family in the future and promote a smooth transition of your assets.
Conscientious Estate Administration
If you are seeking caring estate administration services due to a recent loss, we will respond promptly and efficiently and prioritize your needs. To schedule a consultation focused squarely on what we can accomplish for you, contact us online or by phone at (209) 477-8171.