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Per­haps you have heard “hor­ror” sto­ries from friends and fam­i­ly about pro­bate. This is not sur­pris­ing, par­tic­u­lar­ly when you con­sid­er that the Cal­i­for­nia pro­bate process is one of the most expen­sive and time-con­sum­ing in the coun­try. It can take on aver­age at least 12 to 18 months—or even longer in sit­u­a­tions involv­ing large and/or com­plex estates. Set­tle­ment of the pro­bat­ed estate may include val­u­a­tion of assets, estab­lish­ing a new basis for assets receiv­ing a stepped-up basis, prepa­ra­tion and fil­ing of a Fed­er­al Estate Tax return if required, imple­men­ta­tion of your Fed­er­al Estate Tax plan under a tax planned will, dis­tri­b­u­tion of assets accord­ing to the terms of the Will, and advice con­cern­ing your fidu­cia­ry respon­si­bil­i­ties as an executor/executrix, per­son­al rep­re­sen­ta­tive or admin­is­tra­tor.

While much of our prac­tice is devot­ed to help­ing fam­i­lies avoid pro­bate entire­ly, we have exten­sive expe­ri­ence guid­ing fam­i­lies through the pro­bate process effi­cient­ly and with a min­i­mum of stress. Our Sacra­men­to pro­bate lawyers’ goal in this area is to han­dle the entire process from begin­ning to end to allow your fam­i­ly to focus on what mat­ters most… com­ing to terms with your loss and mov­ing for­ward with your lives. If you are fac­ing the prospect of Cal­i­for­nia pro­bate, con­tact us today for assis­tance.