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Contesting a Will Through Probate

Contesting a Will Through Probate

What Is Probate? Probate is the court-supervised process of authenticating a will. The probate process includes locating and determining the value of the deceased assets, paying his or her final expenses (taxes, bills, debts) and distributing the remainder of the...
What to Expect When Contesting a Will

What to Expect When Contesting a Will

The death of a loved one is painful enough on its own. Unfortunately, sometimes matters of dividing a deceased parties assets can complicate matters even further. Occasionally deserving parties, for one reason or another, do not receive the inheritance they expected....
Intestacy: What to Do When a Loved One Passes Away Without a Will

Intestacy: What to Do When a Loved One Passes Away Without a Will

Usually, our articles focus on ways to challenge a will, but what happens if someone passes away before he or she gets a chance to make a will? Who inherits what? How does the law decide who is in charge of distributing assets? Who can dispute an inheritance? And what...
Under What Circumstances Does a Will Become Invalid in CA?

Under What Circumstances Does a Will Become Invalid in CA?

Most people know that a person’s will is the legal document which dictates how that person’s property should be distributed after they die. But a will should only be used in this manner when it is actually valid under state law. When a person’s estate goes to probate,...
When Promised Property is Missing From a Person’s Estate

When Promised Property is Missing From a Person’s Estate

When a family member or loved one tells you, perhaps over the course of many years before his or her death, that property will be yours once he or she dies, it can come as a rude awakening when that property seems nowhere to be found (or is in the wrong hands) at the...
My Parents Died Without a Will in CA, What Happens?

My Parents Died Without a Will in CA, What Happens?

Whether a parent succumbed after a long period of illness or died more suddenly, your first concern is no doubt the relational and emotional loss and not the financial consequences. But understanding to whom the parent’s property should be distributed and the legal...
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