Death of a family member can take an enormous toll on your family. At the Law Office of Curry & Westgate, we guide you through the probate process if your loved one passed away with or without a will.
We can also assist with the preparation of wills and trusts to ensure that your family is protected and can follow an orderly process, defined in advance. Whether you are trying to form or operate a business in Stockton or need support with a will, trust or estate planning, or you are trying to solve real estate, estate planning and business problems in the cost-effective way, having an experienced, client-centered lawyer can make a difference.
I have more than 30 years of experience, provide me a broad scope of knowledge and proficiency in simple and complex estate planning, developing effective business strategies for succession. Whether you need to create a trust or a will or a family member has passed away, leaving you to distribute their estate, the Low Office of Curry and Westgate can assist you with probate law and other trust and estate planning issues in Stockton, CA and San Joaquin County.
Probate is the formal name for a legal proceeding that is used to bring closure to a person’s legal and financial affairs after death. Any assets owned solely by the recently departed family member, as well as interest in property that he or she held as a tenant in common, must be administered and disposed of under court supervision. This court supervision will be governed by a will if one exists and under California law if your recently departed family member did not have the opportunity to create one. A probate lawyer from the Law Office of Curry & Westgate can assist you with the often long and difficult probate proceedings in the San Joaquin County Superior Court.
The probate process can take several paths depending on whether a will exists or not. In addition, one of the probate lawyers at the Law Office of Curry & Westgate can assist you with several activities, including:
Our probate lawyers also assist in probate litigation, including contesting the validity of wills or objecting to the appointment of a personal representative when no one has been named as an executor.
Planning ahead by creating wills and trusts allows you to specifically determine the method by which your estate will be divided and even how those assets will be used in the future. The Law Office of Curry & Westgate also offers comprehensive planning tools — such as a living trust — that can protect your loved ones in the event of your death and also protect your assets in the event of your incapacity.Wills dictate the distribution of an estate following a loved one’s passing, and can be very simple or very complex, depending on the size of the estate. Execution of the will may contain or create various kinds of trusts.
Trusts offer many advantages, including:
Living trusts — which benefit you while alive and your heirs after your passing — also have the benefit of avoiding probate, unlike some wills. An experienced probate lawyer at Curry & Westgate can work with you through this process to create a plan that protects you and your heirs.
The passing of a loved one is often a tragic time for your family and going through an extended probate process can make it harder. Our talented probate lawyers can assist with the probate process whether or not a will exists. The Law Office of Curry & Westgate offers supportive, caring, and capable attorneys who assist with creation of wills, trusts and estate planning as well. We invite you to call 209-473-0394 or contact us online begin the process of creating a trust or to find out how we can assist you in probate.