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Redding Probate Center in Redding, CA

“Not Just a Probate Attorney; a Probate Team”

Probate can be a difficult time for you and your family. Most people think they need just a probate attorney, but there are a lot of other things that probate attorneys won’t do. There is a lot of daily stress and probate cases are often long and hard. At the Redding Probate Center, we use a team approach to your probate case. Choosing the right team to help you can really make the difference in both time and money. Most probate cases last anywhere from 6 months to 4 years. One mistake can cost you months of extra time. A couple of mistakes can cost you an extra year.

At the probate center, we pride ourselves on helping you align well with a team of Redding professionals to help you with your probate case from beginning to end. We have spent tireless amounts of time building a team that has the ability to take you from A to Z. Our team are all experts in their craft and they all bring something special to the table.

Probate Hearings

When choosing a probate attorney, it’s important to find someone who can navigate the complex system of local and state court systems. Many delays come from improper paperwork or errors on filings. All of this leads to delays and makes the process harder than it has to be. We pair you with a probate attorney who specializes in probate proceedings. Our attorneys are experienced in the process, not just dabbling in this as well as many other kinds of law. Our attorneys are specialized in Estate and Probate lawyers.

Real Estate & Appraisals

For most people, real estate and appraisals are a large part of the probate process. Our team includes highly experienced real estate and appraisal specialists who can get you the information you need in a timely manner. Your probate should never be delayed because you weren’t able to obtain an Inventory & Appraisal in a timely manner. Our team will get with you as soon as possible and work diligently to get you what you need BEFORE you need it. Check out our 4 Common Mistakes When Selling Probate Real Estate (And How To Avoid Them).

Other Investments

Your probate may or may not include investments in stocks, bonds, mutual funds, etc. There are a lot of legal issues with holding these items in probate and certain rules have to be followed. In addition, it’s really important that you have a guide during this process. Someone who can review the entire portfolio and make sure that the investments are appropriate moving forward. Some of the biggest mistakes leading to lawsuits from beneficiaries down the road is the mishandling of these assets. We will put you in touch with one of our financial advisors who can walk you through the investments, give suggestions, and help distribute the assets when the Final Distribution is filed. Here’s an article on the Biggest Mistakes Executors Make. Take special note on “Playing the Market!”

Team Approach

The process is only as good as the team working on it. That is why the Redding Probate Center is such a great company for you during this difficult time. We walk you through the entire process, not just the legal process. We have experts in every field to guide and protect you during a very public legal process.

6 Tips for the Executor of an Estate

Tip #1 Obtain the Death Certificate

You will need a copy of the death certificate for the funeral home, to notify banks, investment firms, the US Department of Veteran Affairs, the Social Security Administration, and many others about the death.

A good rule of thumb is to get twice as many as you think you need.

Tip #2 Locate the Will

When going through the process of Probate, you will most likely not have a Trust document. If you do have a trust document, then you will often avoid probate altogether. For all others, you will need to locate the Will. This document guides the courts and lets them know the wishes of the deceased. You usually need to file the Will within just a few days of the death.

Tip #3 Hire Experts

It’s important that you have good attorneys, realtors, and financial experts who specialize in this process. Instead of just searching the internet or asking a friend, it really pays off to have the Redding Probate Center help you. We have the team ready and waiting.

Tip #4 Locate and secure the assets

Hopefully, you are one of the lucky ones where the deceased person left a detailed list of assets and where to find them. Most are not this lucky. It’s like an Easter Egg hunt for adults. If you have a will, then you usually at least have a list of the important assets. Check for safety deposit boxes, desk drawers, and filing cabinets. You might just get lucky.

PRO TIP: Even though everyone knows that Aunt Sally is to get the painting in the hall, do not let any assets leave the estate until the probate process is complete. Trust us. It’ll save you a lot of headaches during the probate process.

Tip #5 Pay Bills and Taxes

The estate is in charge of paying the bills of the deceased persons. This includes income tax and estate taxes that are owed. Good news: if the debt exceeds the assets, potential inheritors are not liable for covering them.

Before paying those debts, make sure that there is enough to pay them. If not, the judge will prioritize creditors for you. Take a look at their checkbook and see if you can see the outstanding bills.

Tip #6 Slow Down and Breathe

Nobody loves probate. It’s a long, arduous process and adds to the emotional state of losing a loved one. There is no way to speed the process up. The first instinct of an executor is to give out all the assets and make everyone happy. You will be getting pressure from one or many to give them their share. Hold tight and let the process work. This is where having an estate attorney, realtor, and financial advisor can really help. Let your team be the bad guy and honor the process and the law.

Did you know?

An executor is generally entitled to compensation from the estate for his or her services, although some choose not to exercise this right. If the will does not specify how executor compensation should be calculated, the executor must follow state-specific rules.

CA State Rules

In California, the estate executor is known as the "personal representative".

For CA estates, compensation specified by the will can only be changed if the court grants an executor's petition to be relieved of those provisions ... even agreement among the affected parties is not enough by itself to increase or decrease that amount.

If compensation details are not addressed by the will (or relief from those terms is granted by the court), then California law determines compensation based on the gross value of the estate, without considering any debts or obligations, but including any asset valuation realized due to actual asset sales, as well as any other estate receipts such as income generated by the estate during the probate process:

  • 4.0% on the first $100K
  • 3.0% on the next $100K
  • 2.0% on the next $800K
  • 1.0% on the next $9M
  • 0.5% on the next $15M
  • A reasonable amount, as determined by the court, for all amounts >$25M

So, for example, a California estate with a qualified gross value of $50K would yield $2K in executor fees, and one worth $1M would generate $23K in executor fees.

Note that assets with named beneficiaries (such as IRAs) are also not included in these calculations.

If there are 2 or more executors, the fee should be divided among the executors either according to services rendered, or as agreed among the executors.

Finally, the court can allow additional compensation for "extraordinary" services.

See California Probate Code, §§ 10800-10805.


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