Administering the Decedent’s Estate

Luscutoff, Lendormy & Associates has nearly three decades of experience handling issues involved in the administration of decedents estates in the Probate Courts of California, including San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin and most of the Northern California counties. We represent executors and administrators in Probate proceedings, as well as the beneficiaries and creditors of those estates. Where there has been advance planning and estate assets are held by trusts, we represent the Trustees of those trusts.

Probate Administration. There is one Probate Code applicable to all probate matters in California. Our San Francisco law firm’s attorneys are experienced in matters under the California Probate Code and are available for probate of estates in the San Francisco Bay Area and throughout California. Recent rules adopted by the California Judicial Council, and applicable in all Probate Departments of the California Superior Courts, allow for telephonic appearances by counsel in virtually all probate administration matters. This California Rule of Court permits our San Francisco law firm to economically represent estate executors and administrators anywhere in California.

Trust Administration. One of the hallmark advantages of an estate planning trust is the ability to handle the affairs of a decedent expeditiously without the need for county clerk filings and public disclosure of assets (or asset transfers) in Superior Court probate proceedings. For clients with revocable trusts, representation of trustees in the course of trust administration before and after death, or beneficiaries of trusts, is provided.

Probate & Trust Litigation. Under certain circumstances will contests and other formal estate litigation proceedings may be appropriate. Our firm advises on such matters and also actively handles the litigation of such disputes. We defend and prosecute will contests and related proceedings. Firm attorneys have represented clients who are personal representatives or trustees or beneficiaries in probate and trust disputes in a variety of situations. In addition, firm attorneys have represented conservators, conservatees and interested parties in conservatorship proceedings.