Estate Administration in San Diego, 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 San Diego, 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 ensuring that the instructions in the will are implemented.

The executor is commonly the person who will get the most money or property out of the will if it is given effect, because this is the person who will have the greatest incentive to see that the probate process goes as quickly as possible.

What if The Will Does Not Name an Executor?

If the will in San Diego, California does not name an executor, or the decedent left no will to be found, the court has to appoint a person to serve as the administrator of the estate.

Normally, this will be the person who has the most to receive from the will, or who would gain the most under California's intestacy scheme (the system that distributes the decedent's property to his or her closest living relatives, if he or she dies without a will).

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 San Diego, California court to be the executor.

Whoever is appointed to serve as executor, it is their job to act as the representative of the estate. Among other jobs, they have to account for the decedent's debts and assets, and inform any beneficiaries who might be unaware of the situation.

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Can a San Diego, California Estate Administration Attorney Help?

If you are the administrator of an estate, and are not a legal and/or financial professional, you might face legal or tax issues with which you are unfamiliar. A San Diego, California attorney would be extremely helpful in such a situation.

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Life in San Diego

San Diego is one of California's most beautiful cities. It is filled with history, great attractions, great weather, and gorgeous beaches! Families can enjoy a day at the USS Midway Museum, Balboa Park, San Diego Zoo, Torrey Pines State Reserve, Cabrillo National Monument, Pirate Ship Adventures, and Point Loma.

Alongside all the great attractions for family are the excellent restaurants, famous Mexican food, shopping (with great outlets like the Las Americas Premium Outlets), and great nightlife, especially in Downtown San Diego's Gaslamp District. If you want to just relax and enjoy the beach, San Diego has many beaches to choose from such as Coronado Beach, Ocean Beach, Del Mar, La Jolla, Pacific Beach, and Mission Beach.

San Diego also caters to its citizens' legal needs with many reputable law firms having office locations in prime areas of San Diego. In fact San Diego also has three law schools, whose graduates often find employment in these firms and travel around the United States for various cases. All in all, San Diegans have a beautiful ambiance to enjoy and great lawyers to protect and advocate for their legal interests.

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