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Experienced California Estates Attorney Guides You Through Probate

The process of probate typically accompanies a painful emotional loss. Knowledgeable, meticulous probate attorney Kathryn M. Murphy eases the stress of probating your loved one’s estate and guides executors and beneficiaries through the complex process.

The process of probate

Most executors have never or only rarely probated a will and know little about the process. Attorney Kathryn M. Murphy can guide you through the complex probate process, including:

  • Filing the will with the appropriate California county probate court
  • Developing the best strategy for fairly and expeditiously probating the estate
  • Finding and collecting assets
  • Closing and opening bank accounts
  • Accounting for estate assets to the Court and to the beneficiaries
  • Transferring assets from the deceased to the estate
  • Paying estate taxes and income tax for the decedent / the estate
  • Valuing, managing, preserving and liquidating the estate
  • Locating beneficiaries or lost heirs whom you are required to notify of the probate
  • Hiring experts, when appropriate

Valuing and managing the estate

We assist executors with the arduous process of collecting, managing, valuing, accounting for, protecting and liquidating assets of an estate. We have a team of experts available to assist in every aspect of estate probate. When appropriate, the firm calls upon independent accountants, financial advisors, real estate agents, property managers and other professionals to assist you with your executor duties. We can access expert opinions about unique assets such as antiques, rare books, automobiles and other collectables for accurate valuation, management and possible sale.

Contact a thorough estate planning lawyer at Kathryn M. Murphy

For estate planning services throughout Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin and San Francisco counties, in California, call Kathryn M. Murphy at 510-845-8737 or contact us online to schedule your consultation in our Berkeley or San Francisco offices.