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Culver City Estate Planning & Probate Attorney

Law Offices of Maria N. Jonsson, PC Caters to Clients’ Needs

Nearly everyone can benefit from estate planning. If you own property or have assets that you would like preserved for the future, the Law Offices of Maria N. Jonsson, PC can help. We are proud to offer a comprehensive range of estate planning legal services. Our Culver City estate planning and probate lawyer takes the time to get to know you and your family’s needs. This enables us to provide our clients with the unique and creative estate planning solutions they need to feel confident about the future.

It is never too late to start planning for the future. Get started today by calling (310) 935-0706 or connect with us online.

Comprehensive Estate Planning Services

We know that it can be difficult to think about our own mortality. However, if you pass away without any estate planning in place, your assets will be distributed by the courts, and your wishes will not be taken into consideration. With thoughtful estate planning, you can gain peace of mind knowing that the future is secure.

At the Law Offices of Maria N. Jonsson, PC, we take a detail-oriented approach and help our clients make informed decisions. We work hard to help clients understand their legal options and explain complicated legal concepts in plain English. We want our clients to feel empowered so that they can make these important decisions with confidence.

Our Culver City estate planning lawyer offers a full range of services, including:

  • Advanced Health Care Directives and HIPAA
  • Business entity formation
  • Cohabitation agreements
  • Power of attorney for asset management
  • Pre- and post-nuptial agreements
  • Probate services
  • Small estate administration
  • Wills and trusts

Attorney Jonsson also offers professional trust administration services to residents in Culver City. The trust administration process is complicated, and trustees bear a large responsibility to the trust beneficiaries. When a trustee fails to fulfill their duties or mismanages a trust, they can be held accountable and punished by the court. If you were appointed trustee and need help with your trust administration responsibilities, reach out to us. With our knowledge and experience, we are prepared to help you today.

Professional Probate Services

Probate is the legal process by which a deceased person’s assets and estate are transferred to their heirs or beneficiaries. Probate is also when any debts or disputes regarding the estate are addressed. If someone dies with property or assets valued at $166,250 or more, their estate must go through the probate process, even if they had a will. Probate can take 12-18 months and is a very expensive process. The only way to avoid probate is through a living trust.

Probate administration is a complicated process that includes:

  • Filing a probate petition with the county in which the decedent lived or owned property
  • Notifying estate creditors through a formal notice in a newspaper
  • Posing bond unless an existing will waives it
  • Probate hearing and appointment of an estate representative by the court
  • Serving all known creditors with blank creditors’ claims
  • Notifiying state and federal agencies
  • Inventorying and appraising the estate by a court-appointed probate referee
  • Creating a final account and report presented to the probate judge
  • Court order of final distribution
  • Formal discharge of the estate representative

This list is merely a brief overview of some of the key steps of the probate process. Other important steps are involved, including filing the decedent’s and estate’s tax returns with the court. You must complete the probate process carefully and in the correct order. Many people find this process overwhelming. Our Culver City probate attorney has extensive experience handling all types of probate cases, and we are prepared to guide you through this process.

Start Planning for the Future Today

At the Law Offices of Maria N. Jonsson, PC, we strive to make the estate planning process as smooth and conflict-free as possible. There is no one-size-fits-all answer to estate planning. We offer our clients customized estate planning services that are focused on their needs. From pre-nuptial agreements to guiding you through the trust administration process, we can help you preserve your assets for your beneficiaries.

Take control of your estate today. Schedule a confidential consultation with our Culver City estate planning and probate attorney by dialing (310) 935-0706 or reach out to us online.

  • We Work as Part of
    a Larger Team

    We work with out client’s financial planner, CPA, realtor & insurance broker to implement a well-rounded and thorough legal plan for wealth preservation & inheritance transfer.

  • Strategic Planning &
    Attention to Detail

    We carefully look at each factor that affects the execution of an estate plan – from the perspective of minimizing and eliminating reassessment of property taxes to avoiding post-death conflicts.

  • Mediator by Training & Peacemaker by Heart

    We believe that an estate plan should leave behind not only property, but most importantly – harmony, rather than tear families apart with poorly drafted or ambiguous and confusing term

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