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When a Loved One Dies Without a Will

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When A Loved One Dies Without A Will In California

When a loved one dies without a will, he or she is said to have died intestate. When this happens, California laws governing descent and distribution will apply. Any assets or inheritance will pass on the to the decedent’s beneficiaries according to these laws, regardless of the decedent’s wishes. At the Law Offices of Alice A. Salvo, our probate lawyer in San Fernando Valley will guide you through the estate administration process when a loved one dies intestate.

Estate Administration In Probate Court

Our probate attorney has extensive experience guiding people through this sometimes complicated process. When there is no will, it is likely that the entire estate must go through probate court. The administration of the estate will be similar to the typical probate process with one major difference, the laws of intestate succession will govern the distribution of the estate’s assets.

Intestate succession requires the estate administrator to identify all potential heirs, which begins with immediate family members. For example, if a person dies without a spouse, any children will inherit the estate equally, while siblings of the deceased will not receive anything. If there are no children, the deceased’s siblings will inherit equally while cousins will not receive anything. The process will continue until a proper relative is found who can legally inherit the assets of the estate.

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Experience You Can Rely On

Our lawyer at the Law Offices of Alice A. Salvo is a certified specialist by the California State Bar in estate planning, trust and probate law. We have the knowledge and skill to effectively administer an estate when there is no will. Of course, intestate administration can always be avoided through proper estate planning. In any case, you can rely on our expertise to help you navigate this complicated and difficult process.

Schedule A Consultation To Discuss Your Situation

If a loved one has passed on without leaving a will, we can help you explore your options. Contact our Los Angeles estate administration lawyer using our online contact form or call 818-676-9572 for a free initial consultation to discuss your case. We welcome AARP members.