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Comprehensive Probate Serving Santa Clara County

Many people have heard of probate, but few know what it is until they are actually required to act as executor or administrator of an estate. Probate is a court-supervised procedure in which the deceased’s property is inventoried, the deceased's debts are paid, and the deceased's property is distributed to the beneficiaries.

Many estates require probate. For example, if the deceased has assets valued over $150,000 and does not have a living trust, the estate will most likely go through the probate procedure – even if a will exists. At The Mlnarik Law Group we guide executors and prospective beneficiaries through the probate procedure.

Probate can be a lengthy and expensive process. A typical probate takes nine to eighteen months to complete and includes statutory fees that start at approximately $23,000 for a million dollar estate. The attorneys at The Mlnarik Law Group make it their goal to guide clients through every step of the probate procedure. We believe that the combination of our assistance and a well-informed executor helps the process proceed as smoothly and quickly possible.

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Helping You Avoid Probate Costs

It is preferable to avoid the expense and time delay of having your estate probated. In most cases, the high costs of probate can be avoided through proper estate planning. The price of an estate plan is a fraction of the cost of probate.

A will alone is not enough to avoid the probate process. A successful estate plan includes a will, a living trust, a durable power of attorney and an advanced health care directive. The attorneys at The Mlnarik Law Group will work closely with you to create an estate plan that addresses your testamentary needs.

If you would like to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys to discuss your case, please contact the Mlnarik Law Group at: (408) 919-0088 to schedule and initial consultation.

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