Guiding executors through estate administration

Even when everyone is getting along, being the executor of a California estate can be a challenging and time-consuming task.

As a previous post on this blog discussed, executors have a lot of important responsibilities that last from shortly after their loved one dies up to when property finally gets distributed to the heirs and the final tax returns get submitted.

Even when one is well-meaning, not fulfilling these responsibilities can at best lead to delays and stress and, at worst, cause serious legal and financial trouble.

Our law office helps guide executors who are handling estates in San Jose and the greater Bay Area through their important duties. We work hard to try to resolve estates as quickly as possible, and we are proud of our track record of wrapping up probate administration ahead of schedule, sometimes by months.

At the same time, we make sure that our efficiency does not involve rushing, as attention to detail and respect for the deceased's wishes is of utmost importance.

One of the ways we accomplish this is by emphasizing good communication. Often, California executors are stepping in to their role because of their love and affection for the deceased, and not because of any particular expertise of their own. Moreover, right after the death of a loved one, dealing with financial and legal affairs can be hard.

These are reasons why we make sure both to explain to executors what steps they must take and to keep them informed and the status of the case.

Finally, while we of course never wish probate litigation on anyone, we are prepared to represent the interests of an estate and the executor should a legal conflict erupt.

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