When a loved one has passed away, the last thing anyone wants to do is go through a long, costly court proceedings to determine what happens to the property, assets, and belongings they left behind. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happens in the probate process, and what families are stuck dealing with when advance estate planning hasn’t been done. According to the California Courts website, a low estimate for the length of a probate case is 9 months. Realistically, probate could take twice as long, if not longer. On top of that, it can cost at least 3 to 6 percent of the value of the estate. Here’s a glimpse into the steps involved.
Formally dealing with the transfer of property from a person’s estate to their heirs through probate is a complex process even in relatively simple cases. Standard procedures include:
Even when an estate is relatively uncomplicated, it’s clear to see why probate puts unnecessary emotional and financial stress on grieving family members. Should there be any difficulties or disputes, the entire process becomes even longer and more costly than it otherwise would be.
Proper estate planning is the best way to help protect your assets and ensure they are distributed according to your wishes after you’re gone. Setting up a properly prepared trust will allow you to bypass the probate process completely and eliminate unnecessary delays in providing for your family the way you want to. So why is anyone subjected to probate when a clear alternative is available?
At Velasco Law Group, we’ve found that language barriers can be a significant obstacle standing in the way of families who would like to safeguard their assets for their heirs. Legal terminology can be hard enough for native English speakers to comprehend, let alone those for whom English is not their first language. Spanish-speaking families are often at a huge disadvantage in finding highly qualified attorneys who can communicate effectively with them. Because they are not able to access the legal system, they end up unprotected and then must navigate the complexities of probate on their own.
Our bilingual services give our Spanish-speaking clients the means to learn about their choices for effective estate planning, the ability to prepare a comprehensive estate plan, and the opportunity to avoid the wasteful expense and aggravation of probate. We ensure our clients understand the purpose of essential estate planning documents like wills, trusts, durable powers of attorney, and advance health care directives, and that their plan uses these tools effectively to express their wishes.
While Velasco Law Group’s primary aim is always to prevent potential conflict, in disputes we are ready and able to assertively defend your interests in court. We serve clients throughout the Los Angeles and Orange County area, including members of the Hispanic community in need of attorneys who speak their language. If you’re looking for compassionate estate law experts to assist you, schedule your free initial consultation by contacting us here.