Trust and Estate Administration and Litigation

Trust Administration

Losing a loved one is never easy, nor is administering a loved one’s trust.  Indeed, administering a loved one’s trust can be a difficult, time consuming process riddled with legal technicalities and issues.  A trust administration typically includes notifying beneficiaries and heirs, valuing assets, filing tax returns, paying expenses, making distributions, and sometimes establishing subtrusts or pursuing legal claims on behalf of the decedent.  Sundin Law Office is experienced in performing trust administrations and will work closely with you and the trust’s financial advisors to administer your loved one’s trust in compliance with the terms of the trust and California law.

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Probate

Probate is the court-governed process through which a decedent’s estate is administered and distributed.  The probate process is lengthy, complex, and usually involves several court hearings, numerous court filings, and sending notification to beneficiaries and heirs.  The California Probate Code sets the standard for ordinary attorney’s fees and executor’s fees.  In certain cases, extraordinary attorney’s fees and executor’s fees may also be available, subject to the court’s discretion.  The California Probate Code presently authorizes the following formula for ordinary attorney’s fee’s and executor’s fees:

  • 4% of first $100,000;
  • 3% of next $100,000;
  • 2% of next $800,000;
  • 1% of next $9,000,000; and
  • ½% of next $15,000,000.

The court determines ordinary attorney’s fees and executor’s fees for amounts above $25,000,000.

Sundin Law Office is experienced in performing probates. We will help you navigate the requirements of the probate process. Please contact us today for a free initial consultation.

Beneficiary Representation

As a beneficiary of a trust or will or as the heir-at-law of a loved one, you are entitled to information concerning your loved one’s trust and/or estate.  In certain cases, it may be necessary to obtain legal counsel to protect your rights as a beneficiary.  Sundin Law Office is skilled in trust administration and probate issues and can help you through this process.

Contact Sundin Law Office today for a free initial consultation.