The probate attorneys at the Law Offices of Patrick Z. Riley have a wealth of experience in probate administration matters, and have handled estates of all sizes and complexities, ranging from simple estates to large estates comprised of business interests, multiple real estate interests and assets located in more than one state.
What is probate, and are wills subject to probate?
Probate refers to the process where a court oversees the administration of a deceased person´s estate. The purpose of probate administration is to ensure that any final bills and expenses of the decedent are paid, including any taxes owed, and any claims by creditors settled. Remaining assets are distributed to the beneficiaries named in the decedent´s will, or if the decedent died without a will, or "intestate," the decedent´s estate will be distributed to the decedent´s heirs as defined under California´s laws governing intestate succession. It is a common misconception that if a person has a will, probate is not required. This is simply not the case, and this belief may be based upon confusion between the differences between a will and a trust.