Legal Guidance for Probate Administration

James Zakasky
An estate attorney who goes beyond drafting wills and creating trusts

Get Help from a Santa Rosa Probate Attorney

Losing a loved one is never easy, and handling affairs afterwards can seem daunting during such an emotional time. Probate administration is a very technical process that requires knowledge and counsel. As an experienced Santa Rosa probate lawyer at the Law Office of James A. Zakasky, I have helped many people through the probate process. I can guide you through the legalities during this difficult time, allowing you to focus on mourning the loss of your loved one.


Do you need help with probate administration? Call today for a free case evaluation.


What Is Involved in Probate Administration?

Probate administration involves the legal distribution of a decedent’s estate, either with or without a will. The decedent sometimes will name an executor—a person who is to be in charge of the administering—in his or her will. It is the executor’s job to ensure that all of the legalities are completed and the loved one’s will is adhered to.

The process of probate administration is typically broken up into three actions:

  1. Asset collection, inventory, and appraisal
  2. Paying debts and taxes owed
  3. Distributing remaining assets to the beneficiaries

While collecting assets, an executor should be aware of collecting things like bonds, checkbook and reoccurring payments, personal papers, and various account information. If the taxes or debt that is owed exceeds what was left in the estate, the executor can sell assets in order to make up for what is owed. After all of the assets are accounted for and debts are paid, the executor may distribute the rest of the estate to the beneficiaries in accordance to what the will requested.

After all three actions of the estate administration have been completed, the executor mustprovide written proof to the court that states that all of the debts have been paid and assets distributed. This written proof is the final step and the estate will be closed afterwards.

Probate Guidance Is Just a Phone Call Away!

If you are struggling with the steps involved in probate administration, my firm can help. I have over a decade of experience as a Santa Rosa probate attorney. I am dedicated to delivering personalized strategies that are based on your individualized needs. I know that losing a loved one is difficult, which is why I treat all of my clients with compassion and patience. Probate is not something you have to go through alone. I will be there to assist you through every step of the process.

If you are in Santa Rosa and are in need of an experienced probate lawyer,call the Law Office of James A. Zakasky at (707) 595-1148 today.