The California probate attorneys at Hinojosa & Wallet, LLP have a wealth of experience in probate administration matters, and have handled estates of all sizes, with particular expertise in high net-worth estates involving complex tax issues. Our work in this area includes the probate administration of:
- Probate of Wills
- Intestate Estates, where the decedent has died without a Will
- Ancillary Probate Administration
We work closely with the estate fiduciary to marshall and value the assets of the estate, settle claims against the estate, efficiently shepherd the estate through the probate process, and transfer title to assets to the heirs and other beneficiaries of the decedent. In the event a dispute arises during the course of the administration of a probate estate, we are fully prepared to mediate or litigate as necessary to protect our clients' interests. Our experienced paralegals and support staff ensure that we administer every estate with a minimum of expense and delay.
Many of our probate estates involve significant wealth, requiring the filing of a federal estate tax return. We also have extensive experience in settling federal estate tax audits with the Internal Revenue Service, and we are often engaged to assist other attorneys and accountants in managing the audit process.
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.
Seek Representation from an Experienced California Probate Lawyer
Serving as the personal representative of a decedent's estate involves many fiduciary duties and responsibilities. It is important to seek the guidance and representation of an experienced California probate attorney who specializes in probate administration and estate planning matters. Contact Hinojosa & Wallet, LLP to schedule a consultation with one of the firm's highly experienced probate attorneys.