Probate Lawyer

What is Probate?


Probate is the way your estate gets distributed to your spouse, children, grandchildren, siblings, and other relatives, or other people or organizations you have chosen. What is your estate? Do you have a home, a car, furniture, and appliances, jewelry, a savings account? Everything you own is part of your estate. After you die, it all has to go somewhere. Hopefully, you have done some estate planning in advance, where you created wills and trusts to decide who gets all your stuff. Depending on how you did your estate plan, some, most, or all of your property might have to go through probate before it gets to your heirs. A will has to go through probate so a court can decide that the will is real and valid. The executor of the estate has to notify creditors, so they have an opportunity to present claims for payment before the heirs get their shares. These claims have to be paid or, if disputed, litigated. The heirs themselves can also sue if they think the will is invalid or is the product of some other person’s undue influence on the testator (the legal term for the person making the will).

If there is no will, the California law of intestacy applies. The assets will be distributed in accordance with probate law section 6901 depending on heirs are.

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Helping Families Resolve Difficult Matters.


The Law Office of Kristine M. Borgia provides complete support throughout the probate and estate administration process. We'll advise and support you in navigating the process and will be by your side to enable you to achieve a successful and efficient probate process in the following:


Filing petition for probate in Probate Court



Obtaining your appointment as an executor or Adminstrator


Inventorying the assets and liabilities of the deceased


Collecting income, dividends, etc.



Liquidating property


Settling disputes


Paying the debts and the final bills of the estate


Distributing assets to the beneficiaries or Heir's


Protect Your Family’s Need to Grieve

No one looks forward to passing, and no one enjoys the prospect of discussing death or anything related to it. I can provide you not only with peace of mind that your affairs are in order, but getting this type of help can also provide at least a measure of comfort for the people who are the reason you’re doing this in the first place – those who will survive you. 

The last thing you want to do is add to their stress by forcing them to try to navigate the complicated waters of probate in California. As an estate planning specialist in Riverside, I will work with your family and friends when the time comes and keep them abreast of what needs to happen, when things need to happen and how things work.

Working with the Law Office of Kristine M. Borgia will remove obstacles that should be removed before the situation arises.

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At the Law Office of Kristine M. Borgia, we give solid and intelligent guidance that spans foreign and local concerns across a broad variety of business and estate planning disciplines by taking the time to genuinely listen as well as advise.