This post concludes our discussion on what happens when one dies without a will in California. Our goal over these last several posts have been to help people understand what rights they may or may not have when a loved one has passed away without making final provisions. By understanding your rights you are more likely to know what to expect from the process you are about to face. One point we have made repeatedly over these last several posts, and which we cannot stress enough, is that you should contact an attorney immediately if you find yourself in such a situation.
We have discussed several topics in our recent articles. Subjects we have looked at included:
- How California law applies when one dies intestate
- The process of probating an intestate estate
- How California determines who the heirs are when there was no will
- Resolving property disputes in intestate estates
These are important topics as many often do not know what to do, or what to expect from the process, when a friend or family member has died without a last will & testament. This confusion can lead to situations such as one taking property from a residence even though it does not belong to him or her. There may also be situations where one believes he or she now owns a piece of property but do not realize that, until that property goes through probate, he or she does not have legal title to it. These types of misunderstandings can lead to expensive legal battles and can be avoided by making sure the law is properly followed upon the deceased’s passing.
We strongly suggest that you immediately seek counsel if a loved one has died intestate. Probate can be a complicated process and counsel can help to ensure that all matters are handled properly. This, in turn, can help the family and friends by allowing them to focus their time on the most important thing – getting life back on track after a loss. Results vary based on facts, circumstances, and legal issues involved. All cases must be properly reviewed prior to determining applicable law and likely conclusion.
Our San Bernardino, California probate lawyer is able to assist in instances where a loved one died with no will. Call our office today to schedule an initial consultation. Our office also handles matters in Rancho Cucamonga, Fontana, Ontario, Victorville, Rialto, Hesperia, Chino, Upland, Apple Valley, Redlands, Highland, Colton, Yucaipa, Montclair, elsewhere in the Inland Empire, as well as Los Angeles and Orange County.