Estate Administration in Lafayette, California

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Estate administration, in basic terms, is the procedure of maintenance and distribution of a person's assets after they die.

If the decedent had the foresight to draft and execute a will in Lafayette, California, the estate is typically administered in a way that follows the instructions the will lays out, as closely as possible.

The decedent usually names in the will an executor of his or her estate. The executor is the person whose job it is to take the lead role in the administration of an estate.

The person named as executor of an estate usually has some work ahead of them. To ensure that they actually follow through on their commitments, most people name as executor the person who will get the most money, or other benefit, if the will is given effect as written. Because an estate can't be distributed until the administration process is complete, the executor has an incentive to see it through.

What if The Will Does Not Name an Executor?

If a will in Lafayette, California is silent as to who should be the executor, it is up to the court to determine who should serve in that capacity.

Usually, the person chosen to be executor is the one who would benefit most under the will, or under California's intestacy laws. "Intestacy" refers to a situation in which a person dies without a will, or "dies intestate." Every state has laws to address this situation, and there isn't a lot of variation from state to state. Usually, the decedent's property will go to his or her closest relative, and if absolutely no living relatives can be found, it will go to the state.

If no executor is named in the will, anyone with a share in the will can apply to the court in Lafayette, California to be the executor of the estate, if they wish.

When the executor is chosen, they serve as a sort of incarnation of the decedent's estate - the estate's legal interests become the executor's interests, and the executor is expected to safeguard the estate's interests as they would their own.

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Can a Lafayette, California Estate Administration Attorney Help?

If you have unexpectedly been appointed to be the executor of a relative's estate, and don't know how to handle this process, you should speak with a reputable Lafayette, California wills and trusts attorney.

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Life in Lafayette

Lafayette, California is a city in Contra Costa County, and is part of the San Francisco Bay Area. It currently has a population of about 25,000 people.

Lafayette, California is known for its pastoral hills, and upscale lifestyle. It is also known for a controversial long-term protest. In 2006, residents began placing thousands of crosses on the side of a hill, to memorialize the U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq, and to voice opposition to the war there.

Many successful upper-middle class professionals live in Lafayette, California. These include many accomplished attorneys. A large portion of these attorneys work in San Francisco and other larger cities. The presence of a commuter rail station makes this a very convenient arrangement, attracting attorneys who want the best of both worlds (the excitement and opportunity of a big city, and the quiet solitude of a small town) to Lafayette, California.

If you live in Lafayette, and need an attorney, you're in luck. There are many accomplished and competent attorneys in Lafayette, California who can help you with whatever legal problem you may be facing.

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