How Long Does It Take To Probate A Will In California?
Many people believe that if a person dies with a will in place, the estate will not have to pass through probate. However, if a will is the only type of estate planning document a person has in place, it is likely that probate will still be necessary. The good news is that a will can help speed along the process as it should not be necessary to go through the laws of intestate succession to determine heirs. That said, the probate process is still a relatively lengthy process, and taking a will through the probate process can take anywhere from eight months to more than two years, depending on the facts of each case.
Steps To Take When Administering An Estate
A will is a useful tool for naming beneficiaries and, in most cases, an executor who will be responsible for administering the estate, which includes settling debts and distributing assets according to the terms of the will. Although a will eliminates the need for naming an executor and identifying heirs, the will must still be filed with the probate court, and formal notice of probate must be given to beneficiaries and creditors. Affirming the validity of a will is also a necessary step. In addition, the executor must gather the assets of the estate while addressing any outstanding debts and taking care of any estate taxes.
Because there are so many steps involved, even with the guidance of a will, it is easy to see why this process can be lengthy. Having a lawyer on your side who can help guide you through this process can help ensure a smooth and efficient estate administration.
Contact Us For Help With The Probate Process
To learn more about how our attorney can help you probate a will, schedule a free consultation at Law Offices of Alice A. Salvo by calling our location in Woodland Hills at 818-676-9572. You may also use our online contact form.