Probate

Comprehensive Help With Probate Law and Estate Administration

Probate Attorneys 

Probate Attorneys and Estate Administration Throughout Los Angeles and Orange County

Offices in Los Angeles -Torrance – Long Beach – Pasadena – Costa Mesa

What is Probate?

Probate is the legal process used to transfer title to assets upon death. The Superior Court supervises the payment of debts, taxes, and probate fees. The Court also resolves all claims against the estate and distributes the deceased person’s property, either according to a valid Will or by statutory rules (known as “Intestacy Rules”) in the absence of a Will.

 

How We Help

We represent executors and administrators of an estate who require appointment by a Probate Court. Once appointed, we can work closely with you to:

  • Publish your estate
  • Bond your estate
  • Protect your assets during the probate process
  • Collect and inventory your assets
  • Help value your assets
  • Pay debts, taxes, and expenses of the estate
  • Address beneficiary questions and concerns
  • Resolve disputes
  • Give notice to creditors
  • Resolve creditor claims
  • Sell real property
  • File an accounting with the court
  • Make final distribution of the assets

The Cost

The most common misconception about Probate is that if you have a Will, you do not have to go through the Probate process. This is the exact opposite of how Probate works! A Will, by definition, must go through Probate. The Probate Court rules on the validity of a deceased person’s Will, interprets the instructions of the deceased, appoints an executor or personal representative of the estate, and then decides the interests of heirs and other parties who may have claims against the estate.

The Probate process has many pitfalls which can only be avoided with the help qualified Probate attorney. A simple Probate, without any complications, will still take approximately nine months to one year to be completed. However, if there are mistakes or complications, a Probate can be delayed up to three or more years, depending on the severity of the mistake or the degree of complication. Delays in the Probate system have been further compounded by budget cutbacks, which have strained the court system’s resources and reduced the available number of Probate courts from twelve down to a single court in Downtown Los Angeles.

 

Probate is necessary when an individual dies owning assets exceeding $166,250 in his/her name. California’s probate fees, set by law, are about average among the states. The fees to settle in court (listed below) do not include special fees for the sale of assets, tax preparation, and litigation.

 

Chart of Probate Costs

The approximate cost for probating an estate

 

Avoid Pitfalls and Costly Mistakes

Our team of Probate Attorneys can help you avoid those time-consuming pitfalls and mistakes, and make sure that your case gets through the Probate court as quickly as possible. Our Probate team is headed up by Samuel Ledwitz, who is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Less than one percent of all attorneys in California are certified Probate specialists.

Practice Areas

Estate Planning

Estate planning is the process of establishing a Trust, Will, Durable Power of Attorney, and other related documents during your lifetime.

Estate Administration

Our firm helps Trustees and Executors comply with the many duties associated with the administration of an Estate.

Probate

Probate is the legal proceeding supervised by the Superior Court used to transfer title to assets when a person is deceased.

Estate Litigation

When the need arises to challenge, defend, or enforce a Will or Trust, our Lawyers will represent you in all legal proceedings.

Advanced Estate Planning

Families with substantial estates require additional strategies beyond a typical Estate Plan to reduce and offset Estate Tax liabilities.

 

Conservatorship

When a person becomes incapable of managing their affairs, the court can appoint a Conservator. Our Attorneys will assist you with this process.

Our Locations

Long Beach

(562) 951-1400

Los Angeles

(310) 540-0879

Torrance

(310) 316-2400

Costa Mesa

(714) 238-0030

Pasadena

(626) 398-0100

Palos Verdes

(310) 316-2400

The quickest way to get assistance is to contact us directly at 310-316-2400 or by emailing us at info@ledwitzlaw.com.

Life Events

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New Families

Experiencing a change in family structure or size? Did you recently have a child or adopt a pet? If you want to ensure that a loved one is taken care of, then you need a smart estate plan. We offer simple solutions to get you started.
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Nearing Retirement

Have you established yourself but you want to ensure your legacy is protected? We can help you make sure everything is accounted for and provide creative plans to ensure your hard work will be cherished by your beneficiaries.
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Recent Loss

Are you seeking guidance during a time of loss? Have you been given the responsibility of arranging a loved one’s affairs? Allow our experienced attorneys to escort you through these steps with compassion and confidence.

Recent Blogs

Samuel Ledwitz Article in the Fontana Herald News

Let’s face it: Most of the general public is not what would be considered rich. But have you ever wondered how you would manage your money and your estate if you were a gazillionaire? Longtime estate planning attorney Samuel B. Ledwitz has. And he has some good financial tips in case the net worth of your estate grows quickly and excessively.

The Estate of the Musician Known as Prince

In December 2021, the estate of the musician known as Prince, The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Minnesota Department of Revenue (MDR), settled the valuation of Prince’s estate.  Prince’s music rights were the main point of contention –what is the day of death value of all of his songs and music rights?

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06:15 09 Jun 22
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