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Los Angeles Probate Lawyer

Los Angeles Probate Lawyer

Experienced Estate Planning Lawyer Guides Clients Through Probate Administration in Los Angeles, CA

The Los Angeles probate process is essentially a system whereby the probate courts oversee the identification, accounting, and distribution of a deceased individual’s assets. Whether you agreed to act as the executor of a friend or loved one’s estate in advance or were surprised to learn that you had been named executor following that individual’s death, you may soon find that the Los Angeles probate process is complex, time-consuming and frustrating if you don’t possess substantial probate experience.

At the Law Offices of Darrell C. Harriman, I understand that the estate administration process is likely a difficult time for the estate executor and that identifying and liquidating assets may be painful or extremely time-consuming to handle. I focus on providing empathetic guidance to clients throughout this process and can handle the difficult and complex tasks that probate may require. I work as the legal representatives of executors and clients throughout Los Angeles and the rest of California and can provide probate advice to you regardless of where the estate must be probated.

The California Probate Process

In Los Angeles, a deceased individual’s heirs will generally either inherit his or her assets pursuant to a last will and testament or via state laws that govern the distribution of assets in the event that no will has been executed. Probate in California serves to accomplish two primary goals, which are:

  • Identifying and satisfying the deceased individual’s debts and liabilities, and
  • Distributing the remaining assets to the deceased individual’s heirs pursuant to a will or state law.

In order to accomplish these goals, a number of steps will be required, and an experienced probate lawyer can be valuable throughout this process in helping the executor:

  • Send or publish required notices to both the decedent’s heirs and creditors,
  • Inventory the estate’s assets,
  • Clear titles prior to asset distribution,
  • Check for medical and tax liens,
  • Liquidate assets to pay debts and estate expenses,
  • Locate and connect the executor with professionals who can help maximize the value of assets that must be sold,
  • Assist the client in preparing the final reports, tax returns, and estate accounting,
  • Handle the various probate hearings that may be required throughout the probate administration process.
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What Sets Darrell C. Harriman Apart?

Helping Clients With Their Since 1980
  • Practicing Since 1980

    I have over four decades of helping my clients through the legal process.

  • Personalized, Responsive Service

    I'll craft a personalized strategy that fits the specific needs of your case.

  • Clear Answers In Plain Language

    Simplifying complex legal issues enables you to make informed decisions.

  • Proactive Representation

    As a seasoned attorney, I work to anticipate any issues you may face in your case.

Probate Requires Legal Advice You Can Trust. Contact a Seasoned Probate Lawyer for Help in Your Los Angeles Case Today

At the Law Offices of Darrell C. Harriman, I have over four decades of experience helping clients successfully navigate the complex Los Angeles probate process. Fill out the online contact form to schedule a confidential consultation with me today.

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