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Probate Overview

San Jose Probate & Estate Planning Lawyer

Are you currently looking for an experienced and knowledgeable attorney to help you with probate administration? As San Jose probate attorneys at Henshaw & Henry, PC, we are well-qualified to answer any questions you have and help you perform your duties as a personal representative to the very best of your abilities.

When a loved one dies, many people do not understand the legal processes involved in settling his or her estate. We here at Henshaw & Henry, PC, are here to navigate the course for you, so you are not alone or taken advantage of during the legal probate process. If you are unfamiliar with the process or have no idea how to begin the probate process, you may want to give us a call.

Do I Need a Probate Lawyer?

As the executor of an estate, determining whether you need the help of a probate lawyer depends on a few factors. Is the estate large? Are family members agreeable and getting along? Does the estate contain commercial real estate or business entities? Does the estate owe federal taxes?

If you are struggling to answer any of these questions, call us now for guidance. The probate process in California can take up to eight months to complete and involves numerous legal processes. During this period, the court will validate the will and ensure the deceased party’s financial affairs are settled. Many people name executors before they die. If none was appointed before the time of death, the court will appoint an executor.

Responsibilities of the Executor and Administrator

Being an estate’s executor or administrator is a great deal of responsibility. The individuals must have a firm grasp on the legal processes and act in the best interest of the beneficiaries. When acting as the executor for an estate, responsibilities include:

Henshaw & Henry, PC, Can Help

If you are executor or administrator of a Santa Clara County estate, we strongly urge you to contact us for professional assistance. The responsibility of serving as an executor can be overwhelming. Many executors believe they are handling estates in good faith and allegiance but make mistakes during the process simply due to lack of experience. California’s probate laws are complex and sometime tedious. When an estate is extremely large, involves business entities, is contested, or involves feuding family members, proper execution can be extremely difficult.

As your probate lawyers, we will guide you through your responsibilities and duties as executor or administrator. We provide high-quality services throughout Santa Clara County, and have helped thousands of clients through the California probate process. Call us today to schedule a free consultation with one of our probate lawyers.