Probate Attorney
Los Angeles

Serving Personal Representatives
throughout California

We Help You Navigate California's Court System

At Best Coast Estate Law we work closely with our probate clients to help navigate the court system as conveniently and efficiently as possible. We understand this is a difficult time and so our focus is always on providing excellent legal services efficiently and with clear and concise communication.
A typical probate in California can require a year or more to close. The first step in the process is to have our client appointed as personal representative of the estate. Publishing in the local newspaper, notifying interested parties and obtaining a bond are services our office seamlessly handles for our clients so that the process begins as efficiently as possible.
Once our client is appointed as personal representative, we will begin working with a court-appointed probate referee (appraiser) to value various assets in the estate. We immediately notice all required creditors on our client’s behalf to ensure collection issues do not hold up the administration of the estate. If a sale of real estate is required, our office works closely with our client’s realtor, as well as escrow and title representatives to make sure all court-required notices and paperwork are attended to.
The assets will be marshaled, creditor claims paid and interested parties noticed of the administration. As soon as possible, our office drafts the final accounting and petition for distribution. At all times we represent our clients at court hearings and obtain certified copies of orders, letters of administration, and any other documents our clients may require.

Los Angeles Probate Attorneys Fees

In California, Probate Court attorneys fees are calculated based on the gross appraised value of the probate estate as follows:
• 4% of the first $100,000
• 3% of the next $100,000
• 2% of the next $800,000
• 1% of the next $9 million
The attorneys fees are paid at the end of the probate administration and do not include filing fees, publishing fees and other probate costs.

Los Angeles Probate – Small Estate Affidavit

If the total value of the probate assets is less than $180,000, we may be able to assist you in avoiding a formal probate. A small estate affidavit is usually an available option in such a case and will save you considerable time and money in the administration of the estate.

Los Angeles Probate – Spousal Property Petition

If your spouse died with assets that were not owned in joint tenancy or community property with right of survivorship, we may be able to assist you in filing a spousal property petition. This type of petition is far less time consuming and expensive than a formal probate and is only available to married couples or domestic partners in certain situations.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Our team specializes in simplifying the estate-planning process so you and your loved ones can feel certain about every decision. Start with this overview, and then book a consultation when you’re ready to talk more.

A comprehensive estate plan is a set of documents that allows you to plan for incapacity, determine who inherits your assets and according to what terms, and select an individual to serve as guardian of your minor children. You can learn more here.

Under CA law, if you only have a will your property will be subject to probate court at your death. If you have a trust you can avoid probate court and your estate can be administered privately by your loved ones. You can learn more here.

A California probate is very time-consuming and expensive. The personal representative and his or her attorney are both paid a percentage of the appraised value of the estate. There are also filings fees, publishing fees and appraiser fees associated with a probate that you typically avoid when you have a trust. You can learn more here.

We offer flat fees for clients beginning the process of estate planning. If you have an existing estate plan, we will review and modify that plan at our hourly rate. You can learn more about our packages and pricing here.

Client Testimonials

The BCLG was instrumental in helping us set up a family trust. Brittany is generous with her knowledge, her time and is deeply passionate about helping her clients protect themselves and future generations from going into probate. Highly highly recommend working with her and her incredible team.
I highly recommend Britton Law Group. I called for a consultation and spoke to Lisa. She's got a heart of gold. She was so honest that after explanation my...
Very helpful and informative
Do your loved ones a favor and work with Brittany Britton to get your affairs in order before it's too late. She is super personable and makes everything so...
5 stars is not enough praise! We are totally satisfied with every aspect of the estate plan Brittany (Brittion Law Group) prepared for us (A family Trust; Certificate of Trust; “Pour over” Wills; Durable Power of Attorney; Advance Health Care Directive, Deeding our house to the trust; etc). We are especially pleased that everything was tailor-made to our specific circumstances. The legal advice/service provided was expert and the documents are flawless. She and her team are quite pleasant to work with, efficient, patient, ethical, and detail oriented experts. We did everything by email, internet, Zoom, telephone and mail – we never left home! (Totally Covid safe). Traveling notary came to our home for signatures during a Zoom session with Brittany. All fees are reasonable, fair, fully worth it for the high-quality service and product you get and fees are fully transparent. Other law firms I considered did not disclose fees in advance. I understand why she has so many five star reviews and no complaints.Important regarding Estate Planning, Trusts and Wills – in my view, never DIY (“Do It Yourself)! Before selecting Britton Law Group, I was in a DIY mode. As a retired aerospace engineer I thought it would be easy to DIY. I read about four detailed books on Estate Planning, Trusts and Wills. I read a lot on the internet via Google. I even downloaded some DIY forms thinking I could just fill in the blanks. Wrong! And some internet sites offer to download/sell and even help you fill in the “one-size-fits-all” boilerplate blank forms – A bad idea in my view. Any estate plan must be tailor made to your specific situation. There are just too many things to consider for you to do this without an attorney specializing in estate planning paying specific attention to all the details. So I began a methodical review of law firms with websites specializing in estate planning and trusts, and created a pro/con evaluation. That’s how I arrived Britton Law Group. Happy I did. Thanks Brittany and team.
A year ago, my husband suddenly passed away. I needed a local law group to help me since he left no will or living trust. Brittany and Lisa were very...

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