What Do San Francisco Probate Lawyers Do?
If you find yourself asking, "What is probate?" then you've come to the right place. Probate is a complex process concerning the administration and distribution of the estate of a deceased person. During this process, San Francisco probate lawyers will be tasked with ensuring the decedent's property is managed according to the decedent's will or local state laws.
Many personal representatives choose to seek the help of an experienced probate lawyer. The probate process is an ongoing affair that includes filing, notifications, and applicable settlements. Without the help of a lawyer, these important steps may be missed or overlooked, which can delay the distribution of an inheritance.
What's the Difference Between Probates, Wills, and Trusts?
The probate process is concerned with cataloging and distributing all of a decedent's property. This process also includes paying any remaining debts, settling financial and property disputes, collecting any income to which the deceased was entitled, and reviewing wills and trusts to ensure the proper distribution of property.
A will states who will be in charge of a decedent's property upon death and who will receive the property. This may also include wishes regarding burial or funeral arrangements, who will receive special gifts, and who will be the guardian of any minor children.
A trust is an estate planning tool designed to avoid the probate process. A trust states who will be in charge of a decedent's estate upon death and who will receive the property. The person making the trust transfers title to their home and other property to the trust.
Why You Should Choose Robert L. Ferris
Without experienced San Francisco probate lawyers, personal representatives may find themselves lost or overwhelmed with trying to manage the probate process. Robert L. Ferris has over 23 years of civil litigation experience. Robert's practice areas include Probates, Wills, and Trusts. Furthermore, he has ample experience in:
- Federal Court
- Bankruptcy Court
- Appellate Court
- State Courts
Robert's probate and estate planning clients are often referred to him through the San Francisco County Bar Association Lawyer's Referral Service, the Alameda County Bar Association Lawyer's Referral Service, and the San Mateo County Bar Association Lawyer's Referral Service.
If you require assistance in navigating the probate process, contact the Law Offices of Robert L. Ferris to receive a free consultation of your case. This process can be overwhelming, and we're here to help.