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How Long Will it Take for My Beneficiaries to Receive Their Inheritance?

2020-08-11T20:15:18+00:00

The answer to this question depends on what type of Estate Plan you have. Trust Administration typically takes between 6 to 9 months, but there are factors that can make it last longer, such as: Identifying all estate assets Preparing an accounting of all of the assets in the estate Selling real property Handling assets that were not properly titled in the trust For estates that must go through Probate because the decedent either had only a Will or died intestate, beneficiaries may wait at least 12 to 18 months. The availability of the court’s calendar and a designated [...]

How Long Will it Take for My Beneficiaries to Receive Their Inheritance?2020-08-11T20:15:18+00:00

Probate Court Cost How Much In California!?

2020-06-29T22:26:35+00:00

Probate Court Cost How Much In California!? Hi there, my name's Miranda Dressler and I'm an attorney with the Law Offices of Bridget Mackay in Petaluma, California. Today I'm going to talk to you a little bit about probate and why it's so expensive. In California probate is particularly expensive. And, you know, there's a few reasons why that is. The main reason is because of the attorney fees and the executor fees. Those fees and that fee structure is set by statute. Meaning that it can't be negotiated, and the fees are based off basically a percentage of [...]

Probate Court Cost How Much In California!?2020-06-29T22:26:35+00:00

What Is Probate & Why You Want To Avoid Probate Court

2020-06-29T22:26:44+00:00

What Is Probate & Why You Want To Avoid Probate Court Hi everybody, my name is Miranda Dressler and I'm an attorney at the Law Offices of Bridget Mackay in Petaluma, California. And today I want to talk to you a little bit about probate. What it is and why people want to avoid it. So most of the time when I have clients come into my office to get a trust done, one of their main concerns and one of the main reasons that they think that they're getting a trust done is to avoid probate when they [...]

What Is Probate & Why You Want To Avoid Probate Court2020-06-29T22:26:44+00:00

In the News: The Duke of Windsor’s Will and Maintaining Privacy

2020-06-29T22:26:52+00:00

In the News: The Duke of Windsor’s Will and Maintaining Privacy Californians are wary of the state’s probate process for many reasons. The process is lengthy, expensive, and requires going to court, which most people generally would rather avoid. Yet another reason for many residents’ reluctance to rely on probate is the public nature of probate proceedings. Many people aren’t comfortable publicly disclosing the extent of their property or how they choose to divide it. This post discusses how one famous individual used his special status to protect his privacy, and then suggests some ways that us normal folks can [...]

In the News: The Duke of Windsor’s Will and Maintaining Privacy2020-06-29T22:26:52+00:00

Prince’s Family Forced Into Probate

2020-06-29T22:26:59+00:00

Prince's Family Forced Into Probate Hi there, Bridget Mackay here in Petaluma, California. I'm an attorney and I practice exclusively in the area of wills, trust, and estate planning in elder law. Today, I want to talk about the celebrity death of Prince, the musician. I was surprised as I'm sure maybe some of you were that he had no will or trust, no estate plan whatsoever despite having millions and millions of dollars from his career in music. And I thought about it; I also understand that he had no children. And oftentimes... Or he was not also [...]

Prince’s Family Forced Into Probate2020-06-29T22:26:59+00:00

What Happens if You Die Without a Will in California?

2020-10-26T20:33:33+00:00

You have worked hard all your life, so you want to make sure your assets go to your loved ones when you die. If you put off having a will done, your assets will be left up to the intestate succession laws. Using this approach, probate will determine the heirs for your property. The process involves heirs answering several questions about the individual who died. If There is Not a Spouse Of course, the most prominent question is to determine whether the individual who died was married. If the answer to that is “no”, the distribution will follow a process [...]

What Happens if You Die Without a Will in California?2020-10-26T20:33:33+00:00