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Hiring a Probate Attorney - what to look for

Posted by Maria N. Jonsson | Jun 19, 2023 | 0 Comments

Even in the most “simple” circumstances, a California Probate takes a bit over a year from start to finish. For that reason, finding the right probate attorney can make a world of difference with how efficiently the case can be handled.

Here are some things to look for when hiring a Probate attorney:

Experience and Expertise: With over 22 years of experience in the field of Post-Death administration (including Probates and small estate administration), I bring a deep understanding of the intricacies of the probate system, especially at Los Angeles Probate Court. I also conduct Probate in other counties, including Riverside, Ventura, etc. Over the last two decades, I have successfully handled hundreds of probate cases, gaining valuable insight into the local court systems, rules, and procedures specific to each County's Probate Court.

At the core of my practice is a commitment to providing personalized attention to each client and each case. Every probate case is truly unique, and I develop a tailored approach to each case. I work with a network of other professionals that can provide services to the estate – from estate sales, to lending, to sale of property, to probate-specific banking – thus making the process much less time-consuming and efficient, which significantly cuts down on the ongoing costs of the administration.

Open communication is the foundation of a successful attorney-client relationship – especially during a year-long engagement, such as Probate. It is a priority that I and my staff are accessible. Whether you call on a Friday night or Sunday morning, a live assistant will answer my phones, speak with you, and immediately alert me personally that you called for me, and why you need to speak with me as soon as possible. I pride myself on being accessible, responsive, and transparent throughout the entire probate process. I will keep you informed about the progress of your case, and personally address any questions or concerns that come up. With me and my team, you can expect open and detailed communication at all times.

I am proud of my track record of success in handling probate matters in Los Angeles and other counties, such as Ventura and Riverside. My clients have entrusted me with their most challenging cases, and I have consistently delivered efficient and successful outcomes. Read our Google testimonials from clients who have placed their confidence with me and my team. Our clients' positive experiences speak to the quality of the work and the results we achieve for them, as well as for the caring and compassionate way we serve.

I pride myself on serving with compassion and empathy. Probate matters by definition involve sensitive and emotional situations. Being someone who has personally dealt with the loss of very close family members, I understand the toll such loss takes on individuals and families. I approach each case with utmost sensitivity, providing you with not just the legal but also the emotional the support you need during this difficult time.

Transparent Fees: it is little-known that the fees in Probate Cases are set by law (they are called Statutory Fees) and it costs the same to probate an estate in San Diego as it does in San Francisco, as it does in Los Angeles.

With probate fees being the same, why not hire an attorney who will Personally Conduct Your Case and Communicate with you, rather than hand you off to paralegals and legal assistants.

From start to finish, I will personally communicate with you and will be available to address any questions one-on-one. Outside of reaching out to our Front Desk to request that they set up a one-on-one call for us, any substantive communications will be with me, Your Attorney.

When it comes to Probate, hiring an attorney to whom you have personal access is critical. With over two decades of Probate experience, personalized attention, clear communication and compassion, my Firm and I are dedicated to delivering results while supporting you through the entire probate process. We want to be your trusted advocate and guide you in navigating the complexities of probate court in Los Angeles, Ventura, Riverside, etc.

Contact us Monday through Sunday to discuss your probate needs at tel. (424) 383-8445, or email me, your Probate Attorney, Maria N. Jonsson, Esq. at [email protected].

You can also schedule a consultation right on the hope page of our website: We look forward to speaking with you soon!

About the Author

Maria N. Jonsson

Founding Attorney and a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization


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