Probate is a complicated legal process that includes filing the deceased person’s will with the local probate court, filing the probate petition and other court documents, identifying and inventorying the deceased person’s property, and having that property appraised. Probate also includes notify creditors, settling the decedent’s debts, and filing and paying any taxes. It also involves having the will proved valid in a court of law and then distributing the property as the will directs under court supervision. Much of the probate process is time-consuming, costly and administrative in nature. It is not uncommon for a probate proceeding to take up to two (2) years and cost the estate tens of thousands of dollars.
An experienced probate attorney can help you deal with the complications and the California Probate Court system. The Law Offices of Eric A. Rudolph can help you probate your loved one’s will (or his or her estate if there is no will) and guide you through the complex process.