Experienced Probate Attorneys in Arcadia, CA
Guiding you through the process
Probate follows what is typically a painful emotional loss. The knowledgeable, meticulous probate attorneys at Helms & Myers have more than 100 years of combined experience in probate law and know how to ease the stress of probate by guiding executors and beneficiaries through the complex process.
Most executors have rarely, if ever, probated a will and know little about the process. We can guide you through all aspects of probate, including:
- Filing the will with the California probate court
- Developing the best strategy for fairly and expeditiously probating the estate
- Finding and collecting assets
- Closing and opening bank accounts
- Transferring assets from the deceased to the estate
- Paying estate taxes
- Valuing, managing, preserving and liquidating the estate
- Locating beneficiaries
- Hiring experts, when appropriate
Valuing and managing the estate
We assist executors with the arduous process of collecting, managing, valuing, protecting and liquidating the assets of the estate. Helms & Myers has a team of experts available to assist in every aspect of estate probate. When appropriate, the firm calls upon accountants, financial advisors, real estate agents, property managers and other professionals to assist with 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.
Even in apparently straightforward estate cases, there are sometimes disputes between beneficiaries. Our attorneys’ professional courtroom presence can calm the emotionally charged process of probating a challenged will, disputed executor or judicial decision. When it is in the best interests of our client to preserve cordial familial relationships, our attorneys are adept at mediating these disputes. When necessary, we assertively defend our client’s beneficiary rights within the California probate court.
Thorough estate planning in Arcadia, CA
Helms & Myers serves clients in Arcadia and throughout San Gabriel County in California. Call us at 626-445-1177 to schedule a free 30-minute initial consultation or contact us online.