If a loved one has recently passed away, we are very sorry for your loss. The probate process in California may seem confusing and complex, but we are here to help you with the steps you need to take.

If your loved one created a living trust before his or her death, Click Here to view information on trust administration. You usually should not need to go through the probate process.

In other situations, after a person has passed away, probate may be required. We can determine if probate in California is required and help you with the California probate process.

Probate is the name of the court process by which a judge oversees the payment of creditors and the distribution of a deceased person's estate. Currently, in California, the probate process generally takes between 1-2 years.

The time involved in probating an estate in California is one of the reasons we encourage people to meet with an experienced California estate planning attorney early on, before their death or disability. At that time, documents can be prepared that will allow an estate to avoid probate and the court system upon death.

A common misconception is that having a will avoids the probate process. Having a will has no effect on whether a deceased person's estate will go through probate. However, if one does have a valid and properly executed will, this document will be admitted to probate and used by the court as a guide in the distribution of one's estate.

If you have a loved one who has passed away and you are not sure what needs to be done, we are here to help you and explain this process to you.

Probate can be very complicated and time consuming. There are many steps to take. The experienced attorneys and staff at The Law Office of John T. Anderson are here to help make this process as smooth and easy as possible.

For more information on California probate and a sample timeline of the probate process in California Click Here.

For a short video explanation of the probate process by Long Beach Probate Attorney John T. Anderson, Click Here.

As always, feel free to contact our office if you have any questions. We are here to help you.

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