Navigating Probate And Trust Administration

"Death is not the end. There remains the litigation over the estate."

-Ambrose Bierce

The more thorough one's estate plan is, the smoother it will be to distribute assets and handle other matters at the time of that person's death. But in many cases there is no will or other document to answer these questions — or there is a will, but it does not address every contingency. In these cases, we turn to the probate process to determine what should happen to a person's estate. Similarly, a skilled attorney is required to administer a trust effectively.

At the Law Office of Mark Ignacio, we will help you navigate probate and trust law so that the decedent's wishes are honored and your interests are also defended in the event of dispute in court. We understand that it can be difficult to have disagreements with family members and others who were important to your lost loved one. We help our clients resolve their probate and trust administration issues with professionalism and respect.

Make The Probate Process Work For You

Probate is a legal process in which a court administers the estate of someone who has recently passed away, by paying off his or her debts and distributing the remaining assets to heirs whether a will exists or not. In the absence of a will, there can be much disagreement over who counts as an heir and how assets should be divided.

Beyond material assets, the probate process can include issues such as guardianship — a court will determine which adult should have legal custody over a decedent's minor child if no other formal arrangements have been made.

In the event that someone in poor health or advanced age can no longer make decisions about finances or health care, a probate court can also appoint a qualified adult to manage that person's financial and medical matters in a conservatorship.

Ensure That A Trust Is Administered As It Should Be

If a person has established a trust, after their death that trust must be administered according to its terms, including the distribution of trust properties to beneficiaries and payment of taxes, fees and costs.

If you are a trustee, we can help to ensure that your trust administrator is in legal compliance with their fiduciary duties. We can also assist you in ensuring that all of your rights are being honored as a trust beneficiary.

Don't Face Probate Or A Trust Alone. We Can Help.

The probate process is complicated, and so is trust administration. That's why it's important to work with a qualified lawyer. To schedule a free consultation with attorney Mark Ignacio in our La Mesa, California, office, contact us online or call 619-880-4027.