Anything related to property can become extremely stressful, especially if you are inexperienced and have financial constraints. Laws regarding probate, in general, can get very, very confusing and laws in Southern California can sometimes be enough to make someone break down. Probate is naturally a very emotional issue, especially if one is still mourning.
However, there are simple steps that you can take to avoid such stressful experiences; here are 4 steps you can take to reduce the stress associated with probate significantly:
Find an experienced Lawyer
Some lawyers are just making their way into issues regarding probate and property— you want to stay away from these if your budget lets you. While these individuals may be very good at what they do, and come at a lesser price because of their inexperience, they can make mistakes that will make you regret selecting a more economical option. Especially if your situation is a bit complex and out of the ordinary, you ought to find someone who is more experienced and has the contacts and the understanding to deal with problems that may be a bit more convoluted, meaning that they will work to reduce the stress factor associated with issues of probate significantly.
Meet with all recipients
Disputes often arise less from the desire to create a dispute itself, and more from misunderstandings and miscommunication. If you are subject to financial or time constraints and cannot afford to deal with any form of dispute resolution, it is pertinent that you meet with all the recipients of the will to understand what they believe they are entitled to, and informally resolve all disputes before you have to engage in wrenching legal issues. A discussion of formal procedures may be the key to peaceful and comfortable probate.
Understand the Probate Process
Southern California has a specific legal process that one must follow with regard to probate, and you must consult your lawyer, and preferably someone else who has gone through the process recently, to understand how to deal with any procedural issues that may arise and react to certain obstacles, including the precautions that you must take. Trust us; good advice is a blessing.
Understand Intestate Succession Laws
If you are dealing with probate without a will, you must interact with issues regarding inheritance under intestate succession laws, which are applicable when the inherited property is not subject to a will. Make sure you consult legal expertise to fully understand what this process entails so that it is easy for you to explain the process to others and deal with probate issues without any major problems.
Our advice has always been to thoroughly understand the legal processes at work regarding probate or any property-related issues so that you are sure of what you are doing. It is always useful to consult others on such issues. At Golden State Property Buyers, we deal with distressed properties and homeowners looking to sell fast— please give us a call if we can help you out in any capacity!