Estate Administration in Menlo Park, 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 Menlo Park, California, the estate is typically administered in a way that follows the instructions the will lays out, as closely as possible.

Wills typically name an executor. The executor's role revolves around guaranteeing that the instructions in the will are implemented.

The executor is usually the person who stands to inherit the most money or property from the will, since this individualn will have the greatest incentive to see the probate and administration process to completion.

What if The Will Does Not Name an Executor?

If a Menlo Park, California will does not assign anyone to serve as executor, or there is no will, the court has to choose someone to fill that role.

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 Menlo Park, California to be the executor of the estate, if they wish.

Once an executor is finally named, he or she becomes responsible for serving as the living embodiment of the estate, utilizing all legal means to protect the estate's interests (such as mounting plausible legal defenses against creditors).

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Can a Menlo Park, 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 Menlo Park, California wills and trusts attorney.

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Life in Menlo Park

Menlo Park, California is a city in San Mateo County, in the southern portion of the San Francisco Bay Area, commonly known as "Silicon Valley," due to the large number of high-tech companies located in the area. Menlo Park currently has a population of about 32,000 people.

Menlo Park first got its name in the 1850s, when some of the original settlers to found the city named it after Menlo, Ireland, their hometown. Many people assume that, because Menlo Park is home to many innovative high-tech companies, it is named after Menlo Park, New Jersey, where inventor Thomas Edison did much of his work. However, the name predates much of Edison's work, and the fact that both cities are known for technological innovation and share the same name is a coincidence.

Many large law firms have offices in Menlo Park, thanks to the presence of a large number of high-tech companies. 

Thanks to its vibrant and sophisticated business environment, there are many Menlo Park, California attorneys who can handle a wide range of complex cases. If you are in need of legal services, there's almost certainly at least one Menlo Park, California lawyer who can help you with whatever legal issue you might face.

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