Los Angeles Probate Services
Navigating Complex Cases with Ease
It is always advisable to hire an experienced lawyer to handle probate matters because the applicable laws are numerous and often complex. The Law Office of Mitchell A. Port can work with you to navigate the probate process smoothly, allowing you to reap its benefits — such as the elimination of creditors’ claims against the property of the deceased person (the decedent) and the guarantee that the property will pass to the rightful heirs (the beneficiaries) — while avoiding the potentially significant and costly errors commonly made by less experienced probate attorneys.
What Is Probate?
When someone who owns property in California dies, a California court may need to oversee the transfer of property ownership from the decedent’s estate to the heirs, regardless of whether or not the individual has a will. This oversight process is called probate. Probate typically occurs when the decedent owns real estate and personal property (like stocks, bonds, bank accounts) in California valued at more than $150,000.
To the extent possible, probate should be avoided. Although there are many different techniques that exist under California probate law that can allow someone to avoid probate, there will be cases when probate cannot be avoided and the process must be started in order to transfer ownership of the decedent’s property to the rightful heirs.
Our Probate Services
In addition to administering a decedent’s estate and identifying and distributing assets to beneficiaries, we also offer services for other issues that may require the attention of a probate court.
- Lost wills
- Will contests
- The removal of executors and trustees
- Petitions for probate
- Trust administration
- Probate litigation
- Post-mortem tax planning
- Other legal matters that must go through probate, including conservatorships (a court proceeding for incapacitated and incompetent adults) and guardianships (a court proceeding for minors)
Our firm has also successfully represented clients in probate cases involving real estate, stocks, bonds, and investments of all kinds, such as general and limited partnerships, limited liability companies, sole proprietorships, corporations, and active businesses.
In the event that your probate case involves a tax controversy matter – such as unpaid income taxes owed by the deceased or estate taxes – Mitch Port has extensive experience in tax controversy and can offer you simple yet effective solutions.
Probate is rarely straightforward – but working with your law firm should be. Probate litigation can be a stressful experience, involving high-risk exposure and unpredictable results. You need a lawyer who will simplify the process, not complicate it further. At the Law Office of Mitchell A. Port, our Los Angeles probate attorney is committed to helping you find the most direct route to a successful outcome.
When you are faced with probate, choose a law firm that will help you chart the right course. Choose the Law Office of Mitchell A. Port for representation in any probate court in California.