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

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

The executor is normally 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 the will in Pasadena, California does not name an executor, or the decedent left no will to be found, the court has to assign a person to serve as the administrator of the estate.

Normally, 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. Normally, 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 the will doesn't name a person who is to serve as executor, or the individual named is no longer alive or cannot be found, anyone with a direct interest in the will can apply to the Pasadena, 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 accountable 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 Pasadena, 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 seasoned Pasadena, California attorney, the process almost always goes pretty smoothly.

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Life in Pasadena

Pasadena, California is a city in Los Angeles County. It has a population of about 137,000 people.

Pasadena was first settled by Europeans in the early 1800s, and it was part of a Mexican land grant from that time period. When California became a U.S. state in 1849, Pasadena saw a large wave of settlement from other parts of the United States. 

Modernly, Pasadena, California is known for its connection to cutting-edge scientific research. It is home to the California Institute of Technology - one of the leading universities in the country. It is also home to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which oversees the operations of many of NASA's deep space exploration probes. It is also the largest employer in Pasadena, California. In addition to employing scientists and engineers, JPL also employs large numbers of administrative personnel, including lawyers.

As you might imagine, because of its high level of education, there are many learned professionals, such as lawyers, in Pasadena, California.

If you are a resident of the Pasadena, California area and need a lawyer, chances are excellent that you'll be able to locate a Pasadena, California attorney who can handle whatever legal issue you might be facing.

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