Probate In California
In California, if your assets are valued at $150,000 or more and they are not directed to beneficiaries through either a trust plan, beneficiary designation, or a surviving spouse, those assets are required to go through the probate process upon your incapacity or death.
That is why those who have assets above this threshold and have a will — or no will at all (intestate) — are guaranteed that a court will step in to oversee the transfer of their property via probate.
You may have heard many sad or horrific stories from family and friends about probate court.
This is not a surprise, especially when you consider the probate process in California is one of the most expensive and inefficient in the United States. In fact, the average probate in California takes approximately 16 months and many probates take much longer when large or complex estates are involved.
Probate is also a public proceeding, which can cause embarrassment and added stress to heirs or beneficiaries of the estate.
Navigating the Probate Process
While the majority of our work at Aanestad Law is devoted to keeping families out of probate court, we have extensive experience guiding those who need it through the process as painlessly and efficiently as possible.
As Nevada County Wills and Probate Attorneys, our goal is to handle the probate process from beginning to end, allowing your family to focus on what matters most — coming to terms with the loss of a loved one and moving forward.
If you or a loved one is facing the prospect of a California probate, contact us at Aanestad Law today at (530) 798-4321