Los Angeles Probate Attorney
We work closely with our probate clients to help navigate the court system as conveniently and efficiently as possible. We understand this is a difficult time and so our focus is always on providing excellent legal services efficiently and with clear and concise communication.
A typical probate in Los Angeles county can require a year or more to close. The first step in the process is to have our client appointed as personal representative of the estate. Publishing in the local newspaper, notifying interested parties and obtaining a bond are services our office seamlessly handles for our clients so that the process begins as efficiently as possible.
Once our client is appointed as personal representative, we will begin working with a court-appointed probate referee (appraiser) to value various assets in the estate. We immediately notice all required creditors on our client’s behalf to insure collection issues do not hold up the administration of the estate. If a sale of real estate is required, our office works closely with our client’s realtor, as well as escrow and title representatives to make sure all court-required notices and paperwork are attended to.
The assets will be marshaled, creditor claims paid and interested parties noticed of the administration. As soon as possible, our office drafts the final accounting and petition for distribution. At all times we represent our clients at court hearings and obtain certified copies of orders, letters of administration, and any other documents our clients may require.
Los Angeles Probate Attorneys Fees
In California Probate Court attorneys fees are calculated based on the gross appraised value of the probate estate as follows:
- 4% of the first $100,000
- 3% of the next $100,000
- 2% of the next $800,000
- 1% of the next $9 million
The attorneys fees are paid at the end of the probate administration. Our office requires a retainer of $2,000 for filing fees, publishing fees and other probate costs. This retainer is reimbursable to the personal representative.
Los Angeles Probate – Small Estate Affidavit
If the total value of the probate assets is less than $150,000, we may be able to assist you in avoiding a formal probate. A small estate affidavit is usually an available option in such a case and will save you considerable time and money in the administration of the estate.
Los Angeles Probate – Spousal Property Petition
If your spouse died with assets that were not owned in joint tenancy or community property with right of survivorship, we may be able to assist you in filing a spousal property petition. This type of petition is far less time consuming and expensive than a formal probate and is only available to married couples or domestic partners in certain situations.