Probate and Trust Administration
Probate is the legal process in which a decedent's assets are distributed under court supervision. If the decedent had a valid Will, the assets are distributed according to the terms of that Will. If the decedent had no Will (died intestate), the California Probate Code dictates how the assets are distributed at the end of the probate administration.
Trust administration occurs when a decedent has a valid Trust in place prior to death. When the assets are properly titled, probate can be avoided and often no court appearances are necessary.