Probate a Will in Walnut Creek and Oakland, California
Probate is a legal process that validates a will. While it is usually straightforward, certain circumstances may arise that call into question the terms of a will. In the case of a will dispute in Oakland, a probate court hears arguments concerning its validity. If it is declared invalid, the court then decides how the assets it names will be distributed.
Vaught & Boutris LLP is a Walnut Creek probate law firm that helps clients handle matters related to probating wills, as well as disputed or contested wills. We have years of experience dealing with these matters and can see to it that a will is interpreted legally and fairly.
Probating a will in California
During the probate process, any outstanding debts, creditor claims, and taxes owed by a deceased person are paid. After that, the remaining assets left in a will are distributed to the beneficiaries. This process is usually overseen by an executor who is named in the will.
Even if there is no will, probating still must occur. In this case there is no executor, and their duty is often filled by a court-appointed administrator. The executor or administrator (called the personal representative) is responsible for handling applicable estate taxes. The entire probate process could take anywhere from a few months to years, depending on the circumstances. In the case of a Walnut Creek contested will, the process can be quite lengthy.
Contact us for probate assistance in Walnut Creek and Oakland
Vaught & Boutris LLP is committed to creative and cost-effective representation of its clients in matters related to probating a will in Oakland and Walnut Creek. To discuss your case with an experienced attorney, contact the firm online or call 510-430-1518 today.