Trusted Ventura & Los Angeles Counties
Probate Lawyer

When a person dies without an estate plan, or even if the decedent had a Last Will and Testament, the estate must go through a process known as Probate before any assets can be distributed. The California Probate process is often frustrating, time-consuming, and needlessly expensive. In addition, it is open to the public.
Probate Lawyer Explaining Details
Many people have heard of probate but wonder what the process involves. Every situation is different, but a “typical” probate involves:


  • Filing a petition with the probate court
  • Notice to heirs named in the Will or, if there is no Will, to statutory heirs
  • Petition to appoint an Executor (if there is a Will) or an Administrator
  • Inventory and appraisal of all estate assets
  • Payment of estate debt to creditors
  • Sale of estate assets
  • Payment of estate taxes
  • Final distribution of assets to heirs

As you can imagine, completing all of these tasks is difficult enough without the added stress of losing a loved one. Martin will guide you through the process from start to finish. We serve clients in Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, and throughout Ventura and Los Angeles Counties.