Probate Administration Services for Riverside County & San Bernardino County
The California Probate Code mandates the application specific laws, rules, and procedures in the administration of an estate. As such, the task of navigating the probate process can be frustrating and arduous. The Law Office of Noreen T. Fontaine assist clients throughout Riverside County and San Bernardino in all matters in the process, ensuring timely and efficient probate administration and ultimate distribution of their loved one’s estate. We represent all persons with an interest, whether it be prospective administrators, executors, heirs, or creditors.
What should you do when you are left in the dark about your inheritance?
Your gut sense is usually right on point. As a child of a decedent, you are an heir unless there is a provision in a testamentary instrument specifically disinheriting you. As an heir, you are entitled to receive a copy of the decedent’s will or trust.
What if I suspect fraud or undue influence was exerted over a decedent?
One must meet the burden of proof in showing the decedent was subjected to undue influence or was the victim of fraud in connection with this estate plan. Our probate lawyer is here to assist you in this endeavor.
What can I do when my co-Trustee or Co-Executor is uncooperative?
Such conflict can compromise the administration of a trust or estate, potentially resulting in diminution in value to an heir’s or beneficiary’s interest. You do not have to accept the status quo. You can petition the court for removal of either or both parties and the appointment of a successor.
After close of probate, I discovered some assets that the decedent owned. What can be done?
Property discovered after close of probate administration must be distributed in the manner provided in the order on final distribution. Depending on the property in questions, the court may require a supplemental account on that newly discovered property.
I am owed money by a decedent. How can I protect my interest?
The probate code sets a four-month time frame from issuance of Letters Testamentary or Letters of Administration to file a creditor’s claim, after which time, the claim becomes time barred.
Considering Litigation? Call Our Probate Lawyer
There are a myriad of reasons why probate litigation and the services of a probate lawyer might be necessary; (1) to assert a claim to asset(s) in a decedent’s estate (2) an estate’s claim against anasset forming part of another’s estate (3) a challenge to a testamentary instrument or competency of a decedent, and much more. Those issues are complex and require application of specific laws and trial procedures. At the Law Office of Noreen T. Fontaine, we assist clients in all aforementioned areas and more, and strive to obtain the best outcome for our clients.
Do not wait to get help for all your probate concerns. Call our probate lawyer today and schedule your free case analysis.