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Probate is the process through which a person’s estate is administered after they pass away. This process is notorious for being tedious and costly for surviving family members, which is why our legal team strives to streamline the process and offer personal attention to the survivors to ensure that estate and trust administration goes as smoothly as possible.

Understanding the California Probate Process

The probate process can be complex and time-consuming, especially if there are disputes among family members or complicated legal issues.

At Randick O'Dea Tooliatos Vermont and Sargent, our Castro Valley probate attorneys have extensive experience navigating the probate process and can guide you every step of the way.

We can help you:

  • File the necessary paperwork to open the probate case
  • Identify and inventory the deceased person's assets
  • Pay off any outstanding debts or taxes
  • Distribute the remaining assets according to the deceased person's will or California law
  • Resolve any disputes or challenges that arise during the probate process

Our goal is to streamline the probate process and minimize any stress or confusion for you and your family. Contact us today to speak with one of our experienced probate lawyers and learn how we can help you through this difficult time.

Probate Timeline in California

In California, the probate process typically lasts nine to eighteen months, but it can sometimes take up to two years. The intricacy of the estate, the efficiency of the courts, and the possibility of disagreements between family members during probate proceedings may all impact the length of time it takes to complete the probate process.

California law demands that the personal representative must execute probate within one year of being appointed, however, this time frame may be extended depending on specific instances. Regardless of this legal requirement, it is not uncommon for the process to take 18-24 months, especially in cases where courts become overwhelmed or an error develops along the way.

For experienced guidance with your family’s probate process, do not hesitate to speak with a qualified Alameda County probate lawyer at Randick O'Dea Tooliatos Vermont and Sargent.

Probate Services We Offer

We represent executors and trustees who need assistance performing all of the necessary tasks to ensure that all assets and properties are properly distributed. Our mission is to make the probate process less overwhelming for you and your family.

Some of the services provided by our reliable legal team at Randick O'Dea Tooliatos Vermont and Sargent include:

In addition, probate court is where any legal challenges to a will, trust, or other matter related to an estate are brought.

Benefits of Having a Probate Attorney

If you have been named as the executor or personal representative of an estate, there’s a chance that you’re feeling overwhelmed by the task ahead of you. Fortunately, there is help available. Personal representatives and executors can seek outside legal counsel to assist with tasks related to their duties.

Whether you need assistance with a probate matter or trust administration, we can personally oversee all the details and paperwork on your behalf. By retaining our legal services, you’ll have one less thing to worry about so you can divert your attention and focus on spending time with your loved ones.

When you face complex legal issues, our probate lawyer can help you:

Contact Our Alameda County Probate Lawyers Today

Do you need help understanding your options and legal responsibilities during the probate process? There is no need for you to undergo the probate process without legal assistance. With our firm at your side, we can help you complete the probate process in the most positive manner possible. We will do everything we can to preserve your loved one's estate, which can help you heal and move on with your life.

If you are an individual with an interest in a probate proceeding or a personal representative or executor in need of guidance or assistance, then you should reach out to Randick O'Dea Tooliatos Vermont and Sargent as soon a possible so we can put our skills and resources to work for you.

To schedule a consultation, please give us a call at our Castro office (510) 344-2599 or Pleasanton Valley office (925) 460-3700 to speak to one of our reputable legal professionals.

Commonly Asked Questions

What are some other legal issues that can arise during probate?

Probate court is where any legal challenges to a will, trust, or other matter related to an estate are brought. Other legal issues that can arise during probate include family disputes, negotiations with creditors, selling real estate, resolving reverse mortgages, operating a family business, trustee removal, probate fraud, and breach of fiduciary duty.


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