What exactly is probate?
Probate is the legal process for reviewing the assets of a deceased person and determining inheritors. Probate proceedings are usually focused on the existence of a will and California law. A probate proceeding is not always required upon death but  it’s usually essential when a deceased person’s remaining estate is of high value.

How will I know if my loved one’s estate is subject to probate?
If they own assets over $150,000 that are not titled in the name of a trust, do not have a joint tenant or do not have a pay-on-death beneficiary.

How can I prevent the probate of my own estate after my death?
Meet with an estate planning attorney to review your assets and determine if you require a trust.

What is the cost of hiring an LA County Probate Attorney?
In California, probate attorney’s 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 attorney’s fees are paid at the end of the probate administration.

What is the average timeline of probate?
Probate usually takes a year. However, it could easily last longer with contest, procedural mistakes, or creditor issues.

How do I retain a probate attorney?
You may call our office at (626) 390-5953 or go online to schedule a free consultation.

Happy Planning!


The information on this website is for general information purposes only. Nothing on this site should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. Brittany Britton is licensed to practice law in the state of California only.