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Avoid the Hassle of Probate

The Burstein Law Firm understands that the last thing you want to do after losing a loved one is to go through probate, especially in Los Angeles. Probate is the court-supervised administration of a decedent’s estate. Not all estates have to be probated, and even for those that do, some of the assets are exempt from the process. For instance, assets avoid probate if they are in joint tenancy, are in a living trust, or have a specified beneficiary.

The bottom line is this: probate is a lengthy, complicated, and often frustrating process, made all the more difficult by the grief that accompanies losing a loved one. In California, it generally takes between 8 and 12 months. Fees are set by statute in the California probate code and can be quite costly. We show you a number of ways to avoid probate altogether. We also shepherd families through this difficult process with compassion and sensitivity.

Legal Guardianships and Conservatorships

The Burstein Law Firm has the experience, understanding, and compassion needed to help you select an appropriate guardian or conservator. When a person is deemed incapable of managing his or her own affairs, legal guardianships and conservatorships allow another adult to exercise that person’s rights and property. California uses the term guardianship in cases involving minors (children under 18) and conservatorships for situations involving adults (18 and over). Choosing an appropriate guardian or conservator is obviously a critical decision, since it involves both emotional and financial well-being. Let our firm guide you through this process and ensure that your loved one is placed in good hands.

To learn more, please visit our probate website or contact us directly!

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