Estate Administration in Downey, California

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Estate administration, in basic terms, is the process 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 Downey, 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 executor is usually whoever stands to obtain the most money or property if the will is given effect, since that is the person who likely has the most incentive to do their part in seeing that the probate process plays out to completion.

What if The Will Does Not Name an Executor?

If a will in Downey, California does not name a person to serve as executor, or the decedent dies without having written a will, the court will appoint a person to act as estate administrator.

This is most often the person who would inherit most under the will, or under the intestacy scheme of California. Intestacy is when a person dies without having made a will, or if a will turns out to be invalid. The intestacy laws of each state determine how property is distributed in such a situation. In most states, it simply goes to the closest living relative.

If the will doesn't name a person who is to serve as executor, or the person named is no longer alive or cannot be found, anyone with a direct interest in the will can apply to the Downey, California court to be the executor.

Whoever ends up as the executor, it is their responsibility to serve as the personal representative of the estate. They will be responsible for taking account of all of the decedent's assets and debts, as well as notifying beneficiaries who may be estranged from the decedent, among other things.

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Can a Downey, California Estate Administration Attorney Help?

If you find yourself named in a will as executor of an estate, and aren't sure how to meet your responsibilities, or where to begin, it would be a good idea to consult with an experienced Downey, California lawyer who can help you navigate this sometimes-confusing process.

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Life in Downey

Downey, California is a city in Los Angeles County, California. Its current population of about 112,000 people.

Downey, California is best known as being the birthplace of the Apollo Program - the U.S. space program that ultimately landed men on the moon. Several aerospace corporations had facilities in Downey, California, such as Rockwell and Boeing. Some of these companies built the Apollo spacecraft and, later, many components of the Space Shuttle. These companies also employed many white-collar professionals, from engineers to Downey, California lawyers.

Nowadays, the economy of Downey, California is dominated by sectors such as healthcare, education, services, and government.

Thanks to its diverse and solid economy, the lawyers who live and work in Downey, California are able to handle a wide range of legal issues. If you need legal advice, a Downey, California attorney can help.

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