If a person dies without a will, the Probate Court decides who the heirs are according to the laws of the State of California. If a person dies with a will, the Court determines the validity of the decedent's will. The Court will select the person to administer the estate. The Administrator (The Executor if there is a will) is responsible to do the following:
Pay debts and Expenses of the Estate
Prepare an accounting for the beneficiaries and the Court
Distribute assets to beneficiaries
Because the laws of the State in which you reside will determine who receives your property if you die without a will, you can decide for yourself who gets your property if you have a will or a living trust. If you die with a trust, then you can avoid probate, saving time and money and keeping your estate out of the public eye. Because of our tax and estate planning knowledge, we will help to keep as much as possible of the estate for later distribution to the beneficiaries.