California Probate Lawyers

Seasoned California trust and estates attorneys to guide you through probate

The process of probate typically accompanies a situation involving painful emotional loss. The knowledgeable, meticulous probate attorneys at Susan Stricklin Wilson can ease the stress of probating the estate and guide executors and beneficiaries through the complex process.

The process of probate

Most executors have never or only rarely probated a will and know little about the process. Susan Wilson and Barbara Meserve can guide you through the complex probate process, including:

  • Filing the will with the California probate court
  • Developing the best strategy for fairly and expeditiously probating the estate
  • Finding and collecting assets
  • Closing and opening bank accounts
  • Transferring assets from the deceased to the estate
  • Paying estate taxes
  • Valuing, managing, preserving and liquidating the estate
  • Locating beneficiaries
  • Hiring experts, when appropriate

Valuing and managing the estate

We assist executors with the arduous process of collecting, managing, valuing, protecting and liquidating assets of an estate. Susan Stricklin Wilson has a team of experts available to assist in every aspect of estate probate. When appropriate, the firm calls upon accountants, financial advisors, real estate agents, property managers and other professionals to assist with executor duties. We can access expert opinions about unique assets such as antiques, rare books, automobiles and other collectables for accurate valuation, management and possible sale.

Probate disputes

Even for seemingly straightforward estates, disputes between beneficiaries sometimes arise. Our attorneys’ professional courtroom presence can calm the emotionally-charged process of probating a challenged will or disputed executor or judicial decision. When in the best interest of our clients to preserve cordial familial relationships, our attorneys are adept at mediating disputes. When necessary, we assertively defend our client’s beneficiary rights within the California probate court.

Contact the thorough Encinitas estate planning lawyers at Susan Stricklin Wilson

Contact Susan Stricklin Wilson at 760.942.1278 or contact us online to arrange for a consultation.