probate law

Caring Legal Counsel When You Need It Most

San Bernardino Probate Lawyer

Carrying Out Your Loved One’s Last Wishes

Probate is the legal process of distributing assets and handling the estate of a decedent. Because the probate process can be time-consuming, costly, and complex, our San Bernardino probate attorney is prepared to guide clients step-by-step through the process and toward a swift and successful resolution. In some cases, we may also be able to help clients explore other options and alternatives to probate.

Why Choose James D. Madden & Aruna P. Rodrigo, Family Law Attorneys?

  • Personalized counsel and assistance
  • Nearly 20 years of probate experience
  • Free initial consultations

Probate is a confusing process, so do not hesitate to call us with any questions you may have—(909) 344-5704.

Understanding the Probate Process

The Probate Department of the San Bernardino County Superior Court is the agency that oversees the probate process for local residents. The process will begin when a will is validated and a personal representative is approved. If the decedent passes intestate, or without a will, the court will need to appoint an administrator.

At James D. Madden & Aruna P. Rodrigo, Family Law Attorneys, we assist clients by informing them of their rights and what to expect. We will also help them begin the process by filing a petition with the court and handling all necessary paperwork and documents, giving our clients time to grieve and move forward.

The probate process will consist of the following steps:

  • Asset Collection & Inventory – Personal representatives, with the help of an attorney, will need to collect and inventory all of an estate's assets. Examples of assets may include bank accounts, real estate, personal property, and stocks, among other possessions. Assets will also include any pending payments owed to a decedent, such as retirement funds.

  • Addressing Debts – Probate proceedings will also deal with paying any taxes, expenses, and debts associated with the decedent's estate. Our firm can assist representatives in addressing, disputing, and paying debts.

  • Distributing Assets – Once debts have been addressed, remaining assets and property can be distributed according to the will. If there is no will, assets will be distributed according to California's intestate succession laws.

Let an Experienced Attorney Guide You

Probate is confusing on its own, but in the midst of grieving a loved one, it can be nearly impossible to navigate. That’s why we offer probate services—we have the experience to handle the complexities of the process, which allows you to focus on what is truly important in a tough time.

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