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Probate in Yucaipa, CA, is identical to all other areas of the state and is relatively simple for most estates. However, this is not to say the process cannot become complex, particularly if the will is contested by any of the potential heirs to the estate.

In some cases, it is possible to avoid the probate process. This is where a probate lawyer can be instrumental in reviewing the will, understanding the estate, and helping the process to proceed quickly and at the lowest possible cost. Often these types of situations are found when a deceased spouse leaves the estate to the surviving spouse or if there is a trust set up for the estate with a listed payable-on-death beneficiary.

Ideally, talking to the professionals at Betty Auton-Beck Professional Law Corporation offers a comprehensive review of the probate of the specific estate. The probate lawyer can also assist in letting you know if the value of the estate may also allow for the process to proceed without the need for probate.

The Process

The executor named in the will is typically the person to contact the Yucaipa, CA, attorney. In cases where an executor is not named, or there is no will, a family member should contact the probate lawyer to start the process.

The will, if there is a will, as well as a petition for probate and other documentation is filed with the court. The court then provides the executor with the authority to manage the estate and to administer the will. The executor has several tasks to complete, including paying any debts of the estate, managing the property and to file any tax returns required.

Working with an experienced attorney in probate matters provides valuable assistance, support, and knowledge to manage, distribute and close the estate. At Betty Auton-Beck Professional Law Corporation our experienced probate lawyer is available to help executors and family members in Yucaipa, CA. To find out more, see us online at Auton-beckbetty.com. You can also visit them on Facebook.