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Three things you need to know about probate in California

When a loved one passes away, you may be tasked with the responsibility of executing their estate. In some circumstances, this may mean that you will need to go through probate to ensure that the assets are distributed according to your loved one's final wishes.

What are the qualifications to serve as an executor?

One of most important decisions that you may face during the estate planning process may be who you will choose as your executor or personal representative. You may already have a pre-selected candidate, yet before officially naming him or her as your personal representative, he or she must first meet a set of basic requirements set forth by the California Probate Code. Understanding what those are may not only make your choice of executor easier, but it may resolve any issues about your selection's legitimacy should it be challenged once he or she is called upon to oversee the administration of your estate.

Addressing a murderer's claim to an inheritance

The comical musing that one is in such a hurry to receive his or her inheritance that he or she is willing to kill for it is certainly one we've heard before here at The Law Offices of Alice A. Salvo. Yet as silly as this idea may seem, enough validity has been attributed to the actual intent that language has been included in the California Probate Code addressing it. Thus, you may need to be familiar with it if you have been asked to serve as the personal representative or executor of an estate in Woodland Hills.

Detailing how and why an executor may be dismissed

For those who are interested parties to an estate in Woodland Hills, the actions of the estate's executor are of particular interest. Any missteps or mismanagement on his or her part could potentially impact the estate's assets and property. Thus, it becomes important for such interested parties to know exactly what the fiduciary responsibilities of an executor are in order to know if one may be in violation of them.

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