When do you need to hire a probate attorney in Los Angeles?
A probate attorney should be hired when you need to transfer assets of a decedent to his/ her heirs. Many times, our Los Angeles based clients need assistance with determining whether a probate filing is needed. We start our client interview with determining what assets exist, and whether there are any assets which will pass outside of probate.
Assets which pass by contract, usually do not go through probate. Examples of such an asset may be a life insurance which has a beneficiary. If the beneficiary of the life insurance is deceased, and no contingent beneficiary was named in the policy, the asset may end in a probate case, but those types of cases are rate.
Other types of assets which do not go through probate are bank accounts which have beneficiaries named in the account records.