Probate Administration & Litigation

Probate Administration

Probate is the highly technical process of validating the will of a deceased person, appointing the executor named in the will as personal representative or, when there is no will, appointing someone with the right to act as the administrator of the estate, thereafter collecting assets, paying or disputing bills, and distributing the estate appropriately. The person named as the executor or administrator must follow strict procedures required by the California Probate Code. With considerable experience in this area, probate attorney Stephen Hinze can help you fulfill your fiduciary duty to the estate, creditors and beneficiaries or heirs. He will file the legal documents necessary to have a personal representative or estate administrator appointed, handle the hearings necessary for the appointment, and offers knowledgeable counsel at each step as you handle and oversee the administration of the estate.

Probate administration lawyer Stephen Hinze gives personal attention to help you through the probate process as efficiently as possible. Our services help clients in many ways, including:

  • Preparing clients for the probate process
  • Validating the will, Filing court documents to have Personal Representatives or Estate Administrators appointed
  • Obtaining letters of administration authorizing the Personal Representative or Estate Administrator to act for the Estate
  • Identifying assets
  • Managing debts of the estate
  • Assisting with the preparation of other requisite documents such as inventories, appraisals and final reports
  • Filing court documents
  • Distributing assets properly

Contact Stephen C. Hinze for your free 30 minute consultation.