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Do I Have To Serve As Executor?

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In California, after a person dies and leaves behind a Will, the executor is responsible for administering the deceased person’s estate as directed by the Will. If you recently lost a loved one and found out they named you in their Will as executor, you might feel obligated to accept the responsibility. Many people… Read More »

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Protecting Yourself As A Personal Representative

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When a person dies with a Will in place, the person named in the Will as executor becomes the estate’s personal representative. If there is no Will, or if the person named in the Will as executor refuses to serve as personal representative, it is up to the court to appoint an administrator to… Read More »

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What If You Don’t Probate A Will In California?

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If you have been named the executor of a decedent’s Will, you have a duty to open probate. But what if you don’t probate the Will? If you are the executor of a decedent’s estate who is thinking of not probating the decedent’s Will, you should know that not probating a Will can have… Read More »

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Preparing For A Will Contest

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Wills determine who inherits what from a decedent. Because of this, Will contests are a common occurrence during the probate process. When a Will contest arises, it means a person is challenging the validity and/or authority of a decedent’s Will. In California, any interested party with standing is allowed to contest a Will. In… Read More »

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What Is The Difference Between A Probate Lawyer And An Estate Planning Lawyer?

By The Probate Guy |

Two primary types of lawyers handle matters concerning estate law: probate lawyers and estate planning lawyers. While these two types of lawyers handle matters concerning estate law, they do not perform the same job. To understand the difference between estate planning lawyers and probate lawyers, think about them in “before” and “after” terms. Estate… Read More »

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Crucial Things Blended Families Need To Consider About Probate

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According to research, 16% of children in America live in blended families. A blended family is a family with a stepparent and stepsibling or half-sibling. Being in a blended family can be both a rewarding and a challenging experience. Dealing with the complexities of life can be quite hard for some blended families. For… Read More »

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Can I Contest My Parent’s Will?

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Coping with losing a parent can be difficult, and the situation can worsen if you believe your parent’s Will is invalid. You have the right to contest your deceased parent’s Will and have it invalidated. In fact, children contesting their parents’ Wills is a lot more common than you think. However, you cannot challenge… Read More »

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How Can A Beneficiary Spot Fraudulent Transfers In A Loved One’s Will?

By The Probate Guy |

Everyone has the right to leave their assets to whomever they wish. However, it is not right for a person close to an ailing or elderly relative, for example, to take advantage of their position. It is wrong for a person to convince a sick or elderly loved one to include them in their… Read More »

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How Much Does It Cost To Contest A Will?

By The Probate Guy |

After the death of a person, the Will that the person made goes to probate. In California, probate is the process in which the estate executor or personal representative gathers estate assets, appraises the assets, pays estate debts, and distributes the remaining assets to the named beneficiaries as per the instructions in the Will…. Read More »

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What Happens In California If You Cannot Find The Original Will?

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Generally, in order to admit a Will to probate, the original Will must be produced. However, sometimes, the decedent’s original Will cannot be located. If a decedent’s original Will cannot be found, does it mean that the probate process cannot commence? Well, the laws regarding what happens when an original Will cannot be located… Read More »

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How I Make Probate Easier? MEET ATTORNEY ROBERT L. COHEN

I love being a probate attorney. I love helping people through a very difficult time in their lives with the probate process. My practice focuses solely on probate matters. My job is to complete the probate process as efficiently and painlessly for my clients as possible. I have found that paying the upfront costs of probate adds unneeded stress, so I will advance all of the fees and costs for the probate. No money is required to complete the probate. I will be reimbursed at the end of the case when you receive your inheritance. Call me NOW to discuss your case for free.

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