Experienced California Estates Attorney Guides You Through Probate
The process of probate typically accompanies a painful emotional loss. A knowledgeable, meticulous probate attorney, Christopher Allan Bury eases the stress of probating your loved one's estate and guides executors and beneficiaries through the complex process.
The process of probate
Most executors have never or only rarely probated a will and know little about the process. Christopher Allan Bury can guide you through the complex probate process, including:
Filing the will with the appropriate California county probate court
Developing the best strategy for fairly and expeditiously probating the estate
Finding and collecting assets
Transferring assets from the deceased to the estate
Closing and opening bank accounts
Paying estate taxes
Valuing, managing, preserving and liquidating the estate
Hiring experts, when appropriate
Valuing and managing the estate
Christopher Allan Bury assists executors with the arduous process of collecting, managing, valuing, protecting and liquidating assets of an estate. Christopher Allan Bury has a team of experts available to assist in every aspect of estate probate. When appropriate, the firm calls upon accountants, financial advisors, real estate agents, property managers and other professionals to assist with executor duties. We can access expert opinions about unique assets such as antiques, rare books, automobiles and other collectables for accurate valuation, management and possible sale.
Even with apparently straightforward estates, disputes between beneficiaries sometimes arise. Mr. Bury's professional courtroom presence can calm the emotionally charged process of probating a challenged will or disputed executor or judicial decision. When it is in the best interest of our client to preserve cordial familial relationships, Christopher Allan Bury is adept at mediating disputes. That said, he assertively defends our client's beneficiary rights within the California probate court when doing so is necessary.
California Conservatorship Attorney Helps You Protect Your Family
At Christopher Allan Bury, we can help you arrange for the care of an elderly parent or disabled adult child. Our knowledgeable attorneys can guide you in choosing a conservator whom you can trust to manage the financial needs of your loved ones.
Caring for an incapacitated adult
When devising your estate plan, the care of the most vulnerable members of your family is likely your foremost concern. At Christopher Allan Bury we can advise you on crucial decisions about the financial support, protection and guardianship of developmentally disabled or physically challenged adults or similarly disadvantaged children.
Choosing a guardian for your child
You should name a guardian who will raise your children according to your parental philosophies. The court will reject a guardian who is unwilling or unable to care for your child. At Christopher Allan Bury, we suggest you name an alternate guardian to fulfill the role if your primary guardian choice is unavailable. We also recommend that you thoroughly discuss your decision with your chosen guardian to confirm the guardian is willing and prepared to accept the full responsibility of caring for your child as you wish.
Importance of a will
Naming a guardian is especially important if you are a single parent or in case both parents die in a common incident. If you do not name a guardian, the court will appoint a guardian for your children, and might make a decision that would have been unacceptable to you. You can make your own parenting decisions by drafting a will and updating your will should your designated guardian die or become incapacitated.