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The death of a loved one can be extremely emotional and taxing. Dealing with legal complications at this time may be the last thing you want to endure. The good news is that you are not alone. I, Attorney James A. Zakasky, founded the Law Office of James A. Zakasky to offer caring and understanding counsel to individuals headed towards the probate process.
Probate is a court process used to validate a will and transfer the property of the decedent to designated heirs. I have extensive experience guiding individuals through these legal matters and can ensure you and your loved ones’ interests are safeguarded during this time.
Why Hire My Firm for the Probate Process?
- 10+ years of experience
- Well-versed and customized legal guidance
- Personalized and attentive counsel from start to finish
- Professional and respectful treatment
Probate can be difficult to navigate on your own. Get the counsel of a qualified Santa Rosa probate lawyer on your side by calling my firm at (707) 595-1148 today!
What to Expect in Probate
At the Law Office of James A. Zakasky, I help loved ones and family members traverse complex legal following the death of a loved one. How the probate process will proceed depend on several factors, including whether or not the decedent created an estate plan.
Overall, you can expect the following steps:
- Determining whether a will is valid;
- Appointing an executor or administrator of the estate (if necessary);
- Resolving all financial responsibilities of the estate; and
- Transferring / distributing property to heirs or beneficiaries.
While these steps may seem simple, even the smallest issue or dispute could extend the process.
Why Having a Legal Advocate Is Crucial
Probate administration leads to many tasks. Beneficiaries must be notified, properties must be appraised, property must be appropriately transferred, and estate taxes must be paid, among other steps. If an heir contests a will, it can lead to extensive legal complications.
Other challenges you can face during probate include:
- Probate litigation
- Breach of fiduciary duty
- Distribution of assets
Even when you don’t anticipate your loved one’s will may be disputed, having a Santa Rosa probate attorney by your side can be invaluable during this difficult time. Since probate is a court process, it can be very time-consuming and costly, making it crucial to work through it as efficiently and accurately as possible. With my skills behind your case, you can have peace of mind knowing your best interests will be protected every step of the way.
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Whether you are facing probate following the loss of a loved one or are seeking to create an estate plan that will help you avoid this frustrating legal process, the Law Office of James A. Zakasky can provide the counsel and support you need. As an estate planning and probate lawyer, I have a firm grasp on every aspect of the legal system. I am here to be your guide through this challenging time.