Probate & Trust Administration in Oakland
Contact An Attorney You Can Trust: (425) 275-3283
My law firm, Summerall Law, P.C., serves Oakland and the entire Bay Area
by providing sound legal insight about trust administration, including probate.
probate are matters that can be quite puzzling to many but are also necessary
for safeguarding your family’s future. As your attorney, my mission
is to provide you with quality legal services to help you better prepare
for the future ahead.
Are you worried about the costs of probate and hiring an attorney? I want to help make an already difficult time a little smoother for you.
There are unavoidable, court-ordered fees in probate, unfortunately, but
you don't have to pay any attorney fees up front to start your case. There's only the filing fee, bond fee (if ordered),
and the publication fee. Probate attorneys then have the option to be
compensated with 1-4% of the probate assets, which means that
you might not have to pay attorney fees out of pocket either.
In addition to getting paid from the probate assets and not charging you
anything upfront or out of pocket, I can front some of the fees for your
I can either pay your filing fee or offer a $500 credit to the estate. I want to help you get started and avoid unnecessary delays in the probate
process, which can create additional expenses or leave assets to deteriorate.
Call (425) 275-3283 for the legal help you need now!
Probate & Trust Administration Services
Be sure to review my
Probate Intake Form for more information about the questions I will ask in our first meeting,
a summary of probate law, a list of required documents, and details regarding payment.
My services include a variety of trust administration matters, such as:
- Preventing disputes between beneficiaries and inheritors, such as family
- Minimizing the amount of tax owed on assets or property
- Assigning a power of attorney to handle the asset and distribution
- Legal representation for those who are in trust, contested will, or probate disputes
Understanding California Probate Court
In California, probate court fulfills the function of settling debts, taxes
and validating wills after a person becomes incapacitated or has passed
away. Most people want to avoid probate, knowing that the expense and
the time it takes to resolve probate can overshadow the benefits if any.
I have seen many families disheartened by the result, and so it is my
mission to help you avoid this as best as possible.
These are some strategies that can help avoid probate:
- Help determine what assets might be owed
- Manage the final distribution of the assets
- Assist with the pay off any remaining debts or income taxes
- Advocate for families in contested probate cases
- Sending all of the paperwork and documentation to probate court
Probate procedures often involve stacks of paperwork, documentation, and
above all else, a substantial commitment of time and energy from your
family. If your case does end up in probate, you can rest easy knowing
that I can support you through every step, and protect your assets and
Going Above and Beyond
As an Oakland probate lawyer,
I take each and every case personally. I have a standard that I uphold when serving my clients, and that is
what differentiates me from all other types of attorneys. I can give you
more detailed explanations of the California laws that outline trusts
and probate procedures.
We can then sit down to discuss your intended wishes with the property
at stake. There are different types of trusts, which can help reduce tax
burdens and avoid probate.