Santa Maria Probate Lawyer
Over 30 Years of Experience on Your Side
Coping with the loss of a loved one is always difficult, but it can be especially challenging if the deceased did not leave behind a will to settle pressing legal issues. Attempting to come to an agreement about the estate and assets without legal help can get complicated and there is rarely ever one simple solution. At the Law Offices of R. Morgan Holland, L.C., we understand the importance of the grief process. Our aim is to handle the legalities so that you can focus on healing after your loss.
Attorney R. Morgan Holland has ample experience in family law and is proud to offer compassionate, competent services to families who need help following the death of a loved one. Our firm can help you with legal agreements, division of property, and any other matters necessary to settle the deceased person’s affairs.
Contact the Law Offices of R. Morgan Holland, L.C. today for a free 30 minute case analysis.
What Does a Probate Lawyer Do?
When a person does not leave behind a will or other essential estate planning documents, legal agreements and arrangements are difficult to come by. A probate lawyer will advise executors and beneficiaries of an estate, offering guidance pertaining to legal aspects including taxes, asset division, and other important issues.
Probate attorneys can help with, or provide resources for the following:
- Secure assets and track accounts
- Settle disputes between beneficiaries
- Handle debts and payments left by the deceased
- Help with division of assets
- Determine estate taxes
- Appraise properties
- Collect life insurance
California Probate Lawyer Fees
While attorneys in most other states charge hourly or settle on a flat fee for probate services, California attorneys charge a “statutory fee.” These fees ensure the lawyer is paid fairly, basing fees on the percentage of the value of the assets in probate.
The current rates are:
- 4% of the first $100,000
- 3% of the next $100,000
- 2% of the next $800,000
- 1% of the next $9 million
- .5% of the next $15 million
Allowing a probate attorney to help with your situation is essential in ensuring the job is done correctly and in a timely manner. With all of the complications involved, especially with larger estates, it can be easy to accidentally misfile paperwork, or let a few due dates slip through the cracks. With legal help from the Law Offices of R. Morgan Holland, L.C., you can rest easy knowing that the legal issues of your loved one’s estate are being handled professionally and promptly.
For help from an experienced probate lawyer, contact the Law Offices of R. Morgan Holland, L.C. today.
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