Probate, Trusts, & Estates
There are many reasons people elect to have some form of estate plan in place, but the most common is to avoid the confusion and expense that can occur when a person dies without one.
WILLS & TRUSTS
An individual’s will delegates the person who will be responsible for handling their affairs after death. In California, most homeowners need a living trust to avoid a costly probate court action after their death.
When a loved one dies without a will, California law decides the person's legal heirs and division of their estate. The Probate Court supervises the distribution of estates and the process of validating a will that provides for the transfer of assets and distribution of a person's estate.
In some cases, even if your family member or friend established a will, it will still need to go through probate. Even with a living trust, some assets may not be titled in the name of the trust. These are unique situations that you will need the advice of a probate attorney to help you navigate.
Our firm can advise trustees and beneficiaries about their legal rights and responsibilities. We work closely with our clients to establish their goals and plans and tailor our services accordingly.
Probate can be time-consuming, so Broaden Law LLP represents trustees, beneficiaries, and other interested parties in court proceedings so they can stay informed and be heard.
SPOUSAL PROPERTY PETITIONS
There are many reasons why marital property is held in the name of one spouse, but that doesn't mean the surviving spouse has to go through probate to succeed to the title. Our attorneys are experienced in transferring real and personal property into the name of the surviving spouse.