Handling a loved one’s final affairs can be a bittersweet time. Many California residents undoubtedly feel grief over a family member’s passing but may also remember the loving time they spent together as they assess the final estate. Of course, if a person is an executor and must see the estate through probate, it can be a confusing and stressful time as well.
Understanding probate is not always easy, and in some cases, formal legal proceedings may not be necessary. However, if a person left behind a will, that document will need to be probated with the court. After filing it with the court and ensuring its validity, the executor will need to follow the instructions in the will as well as handle remaining bills, filing final tax returns and much more.
Though the distribution of assets is often what most people are concerned with during this process, this step does not occur until the end of the legal proceedings. If an executor distributes assets too soon, it could mean that there are not enough funds to cover remaining debts, which could lead to significant problems for the executor. Fortunately, mistakes can be avoided with the right information and help.
If California residents must see their loved ones’ estates through probate, they may feel overwhelmed by the idea. However, they do not have to try to get through it alone. Experienced attorneys are available to assist executors through the process to ensure that the decedent’s final wishes are followed and that the chances of mistakes are mitigated.