Estate Administration in Laguna Beach, 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 Laguna Beach, California, the estate is normally administered in a way that follows the instructions the will lays out, as closely as possible.

The decedent typically 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 typically has some work ahead of them. To ensure that they truly 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 Laguna Beach, California is silent as to who should be the executor, it is up to the court to determine who should serve in that capacity.

Typically, 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. Typically, 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 Laguna Beach, California to be the executor of the estate, if they wish.

Once an executor is assigned (whether by being named in the will, or on the application of another person), they "step into the shoes" of the estate, and are expected to safeguard its interests to the fullest extent possible. They further are obligated to accurately inventory the estate's debts and assets, as well as notify possible beneficiaries.

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Can a Laguna Beach, California Estate Administration Attorney Help?

Some people are surprised when they find out they've been named the executor of a relative's estate. The responsibilities can seem daunting, but with the help of a reliable Laguna Beach, California attorney, the process almost always goes pretty smoothly.

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Life in Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach, California is a seaside resort city in Orange County, California. It currently has a population of about 22,700. 

After Anaheim, Laguna Beach, California is the second-oldest city in Orange County. It was first settled in the 1870s, shortly after the end of the Civil War. Population growth began to pick up in the 1920s, largely keeping pace with the growth of the Southern California region as a whole.

Since its early history, the mainstay of Laguna Beach's economy is driven largely by tourism, which continues to this day. Laguna Beach, California is also a regional center for the environmentalist movement, and is home to several nature preserves. Several local environmental attorneys made a name for themselves getting these preserves legally-recognized.

There are many other types of attorneys in Laguna Beach, California. If you need legal advice, you would do well to consult with a Laguna Beach, California lawyer as soon as possible.

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