Probate is a stressful time for many people. Losing a relative, a friend, or important person is hard and many people wish to get on with their lives. California’s probate process culminates with a final accounting and distribution of the estate’s assets. While many may exhale at this point, and feel the process is over, the sad part is that there may be an additional dispute that must be resolved. This dispute revolves around the fact that it may be necessary to dispute the personal representative’s final accounting and planned distribution of the estate’s assets. Our San Bernardino probate lawyer assists with such disputes throughout the Inland Empire and elsewhere in the state. If you find yourself in such a situation then contact our attorney today to schedule an initial consultation.
San Bernardino County attorney assisting with disputing a probate estate’s final accounting and asset distribution
California probate law requires the executor to file a final accounting of the estate, as well as a Petition For its Distribution, when the estate is ready to be closed. Available assets are distributed to the heirs upon approval of the Petition by the California Probate Court. Unfortunately, it may be necessary to object to the Petition for a variety of reasons. The first of these may include accounting irregularities in the representative’s report. Another reason may be the representative’s failure to include property, which should be part of the estate, in the list of items to be distributed. Resolving such disputes before distribution of the estate’s property is critical for the estate to be closed properly. Hiring a qualified legal counsel to assist you with any such disputes can greatly aid in the process.
Candice Garcia-Rodrigo is a San Bernardino probate attorney who assists with final accounting and distribution disputes throughout the Inland Empire. She will use your initial consultation to identify potential issues that may make the final asset distribution problematic. Depending on the size of the estate, it may be necessary to retain a forensic accountant to analyze financial records and the executor’s or administrator’s activities in order to ensure a proper distribution. If irregularities are found then she will immediately bring them to the Court’s attention and file any necessary Motions so that the Court may order the executor or administrator to correct any problems and answer for any potential wrongdoing during the probate. We understand that this is a difficult time for you and your loved ones and our goal is to help you resolve the situation as quickly as possible. Contact us today to speak with a lawyer.
We also service 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.
San Bernardino lawyer providing regular communication during any probate disputes
Our lawyer fully understands that you wish to get this process over with as quickly as possible. Having to file a dispute, just as the probate is concluding, can be incredibly frustrating. One facing such a situation does not need the added frustration of a lawyer who does not stay in contact. Our office prides itself on providing a high level of attorney-client communication. Candice returns phone calls and emails within one business day (if not the same day). She ensures that her clients receive copies of all filed documents, are copied on correspondence such as emails, and that she is available to answer their questions. Our goal is to make the process as seamless as reasonably possible. This is our promise to each and every one of our clients.
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