Probate & Estate Administration

Long Beach Probate Attorney

Have you lost a loved one and been placed in charge of the estate? Like most people, you may not know what you are required to do. You may not even know if probate is required or if some other estate administration tasks are necessary. Thankfully, there is no need for you to take all of this on yourself during this time of loss. At the Law Offices of Stephen E. Cockriel, we have decades of experience helping people like you. Let us take on this burden on behalf of you and your family.

Start To Finish Probate And Estate Administration Services

At our law firm, you will find a Long Beach probate lawyer who will guide you through all phases of the process. Our first step will be to determine if there is an existing will. Then we will calculate the value of the estate and identify the beneficiaries. These last two details will have a bearing on how the estate is administered.

If the spouse is the sole beneficiary, the matter may be handled through a spousal petition, which we will complete on your behalf. If there are children who are beneficiaries, and the estate is valued under $150,000, the matter may be handled through an affidavit procedure. A full-blown probate procedure will likely be necessary if the assets stand in the decedent's name alone the estate is valued at more than $150,000.

Executors or administrators of estates face very complex tasks, which is why it is important to choose an attorney with extensive experience. We work hard to resolve these matters efficiently and in the manner that matches your loved one's wishes and the needs of your family. If there is a trust involved, we can also help with trust administration.

Estate Litigation

It is not uncommon for disputes to arise during the probate and estate administration process. We can skillfully resolve these disputes, whether they involve will contests, allegations of breach of fiduciary duty on the part of trustees or any other matter.