Estate Administration in San Ramon, 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 San Ramon, 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 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 rapidly as possible.

What if The Will Does Not Name an Executor?

If the will in San Ramon, 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.

This is most commonly the person who stands to gain the most from the will, or who would inherit the most under California's intestacy laws. Intestacy is the system that every state has in order to deal with the property of people who die without a will. It normally distributes the property to the closest living relatives of the decedent, assuming they can be located.

When a will is silent as to who should be the executor, any individual who has some direct interest in the result can ask to be named executor by the San Ramon, California court.

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 San Ramon, California Estate Administration Attorney Help?

If you are the executor of an estate, and don't know how to handle some of the legal and financial intricacies that may arise, an accomplished San Ramon, California lawyer can make this process a great deal easier.

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Life in San Ramon

San Ramon, California is a city in Contra Costa County. Its population is currently about 72,000 people.

San Ramon, California is one of the larger suburbs in the San Francisco Bay Area, and it is one of the major employment hubs in the area. Several large companies have a major presence in San Ramon, California. Energy giant Chevron has its headquarters in San Ramon, where it employs 3,500 people, making it the largest employer in the city. AT&T has a major regional office there, as does the staffing company Robert Half, and the computer company IBM.

These large corporations employ a significant number of San Ramon, California lawyers.

If you are a resident of San Ramon, California and are in need of legal services, it's very likely that there's a San Ramon, California attorney who can help.

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