Probate and Estate Administration: Making Sense of the Process

Estate administration or probate is a complex process that can be overwhelming, especially if you are grieving the loss of a loved one. Estate administration or probate refers to the court supervised management of the estate of a person who has passed away. It can include collecting and managing assets, paying debts, and distributing remaining assets to beneficiaries.

If you’re unsure how to begin or are having trouble navigating the complexities of estate administration, you should consult with a professional who specializes in this area of law.

Probate and Estate Administration: The Basics

Money, personal items, real properties, and financed accounts are all part of an estate. When the estate owner dies, estate administrators arrange these matters and represent the estate.

The deceased person’s will should state who will fill this role. The probate court must appoint an administrator if the person doesn’t have a will.

Steps Involved in Estate Administration

Here are some of the steps involved in the estate administration process:

How a Skilled Probate and Estate Administration Attorney Can Help

The estate administration process can be complicated, and it’s important that you work with a skilled attorney who understands how to navigate the legal system. Estate administration attorneys can help with:

The Law Offices of Michael K. Lanning, APLC, has more than 35 years of experience helping families navigate through the process of estate administration in compliance with California law. Contact us at 310-820-1600 or go to our website to learn more about how we can help you with the estate administration process.

We serve West Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Manhattan Beach, and the surrounding Los Angeles communities.

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