If you've been named the Executor or Successor Trustee of a Trust, you may be feeling overwhelmed. There are many things to handle after the death of a loved one and learning the legal process shouldn't be on your list. You have enough to worry and plan for that will affect your future. Let the attorneys at Hemet Legal give you the assistance and necessary information to move forward with the deceased's Last Will and Testament. They can handle the details, and explain the important items you need to know.
When asked to be the Executor for a Will, you don't have to perform any tasks until the person passes away. When that does occur, you're responsible to deliver the paperwork to the courthouse within 30 days, if you have possession of it. The process of Probate then begins. This basically means that proper notification must be given through the newspaper and notifications of all possible beneficiaries, the inventory of assets, preparation of real estate either for sale or new ownership, and all the other aspects of clearing out the estate of the deceased. It may not seem like a difficult process, but there are many details that can go wrong if there are any beneficiaries that are unhappy with the distribution of assets or how the estate is being handled. They can cause a complete halt of the progress and fighting will begin.
One of the most effective ways to handle an estate is to use the assets available to hire an attorney. The estate attorney will work through the probate and trust administration and can ensure you are protected from negative legal ramifications. You were designated as the legal Executor, but that doesn't guarantee you are familiar enough with the law to handle all the minute details that can arise. You have legal authority to use the assets within the estate to pay for the services of a reputable attorney to work towards a resolution.
There is no need to feel lost when it comes to handling cases of probate and trust when you have the capable services of a law firm. Hemet Legal is available to guide you through this process. With many years of experience and an outstanding reputation, they are able to answer your questions and work with you to a positive resolution. If there was no Last Will and Testament made by the deceased, the case can be more complicated. There are, however, legal procedures in place to handle these types of cases. An experienced attorney can explain them to you in a way that will make sense. Many times, it becomes necessary for judges to distribute the assets evenly among the family members present. While that may create turmoil within the family, it does prevent one person from taking the blame for what may be perceived as favoritism.
Using a reputable law firm to explain your obligations as an Executor or even to guide your family through a death and asset division without a Will can be a smart way to maintain family peace. It also ensures that the obligations are met in a timely and legal manner.
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