Estate Administration

Estate Lawyer in Los Angeles

Appointed as an Estate Administrator? Call (323) 208-3501 for Help.

If you were appointed by the court as an administrator for an estate, you have a great responsibility. Everything you do will be under the supervision of the court, and you will be held to the highest standards of fiduciary duty.

The best way to ensure that the estate administration process is smooth and free of legal hurdles is to be represented by an outstanding legal team. Our estate attorneys at Mansell & Mansell are prepared to provide the legal advice and support you need to handle your duties with ease, confidence, and success.

What sets our estate law firm apart?

  • 65+ years’ collective legal experience
  • AV® rated legal skill and ethical standards
  • Selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers®
  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers

Contact Mansell & Mansell today to schedule a free consultation with a Los Angeles estate attorney. Don’t wait to call: (323) 208-3501.

Managing an Estate Without a Will or Named Executor

The terms estate administration and probate are sometimes used interchangeably but do have distinct legal differences.

Estate administration refers to the management and settlement of an estate of a person who died intestate, or without a will. Estate administration can also refer to managing an estate where the decedent neglected to name an executor in their existing will. In these cases, the court appoints an administrator who is responsible for administering and settling the estate pursuant to California’s rules of descent and distribution.

In comparison, probate is the settling of an estate where a will existed and the executor (the person named in the will) settles the estate.

What is the difference between an Administrator and an Executor?

Despite these differences, the duties of the executor and administrator are nearly identical. The primary difference is that the executor was named in the deceased’s will as the executor of their estate, while an administrator was appointed following the decedent’s death.

What Are the Duties of an Estate Administrator?

A summary of the basic duties of an administrator:

  • Notifying the beneficiaries and creditors
  • Gathering and collecting all assets of the estate
  • Ascertain all debts owed
  • Pay all debts and expenses of administration
  • Sell or liquidate assets if necessary
  • File income, estate, and other tax returns
  • Distribute remaining property according to the laws of descent and distribution
  • File a final accounting with the court

In California, the entire administration process can take between 9 and 18 months to complete, sometimes longer if there is real estate to be sold or a will contest. Estate administration is complex and time-consuming, and your choice of attorney can make all the difference in the success of your case.

Is it Possible for an Estate to Have Two Administrators?

It’s possible for two executors to be appointed in a will, however, things are a little different when it comes to appointing multiple administrators. While this is not impossible it is fairly unlikely that the court will allow two administrators to be appointed because of disagreements or confusion that may ensue because of this.

Meet a Top Rated Estate Lawyer in Los Angeles

If you are assigned as an estate administrator, you may feel overwhelmed by the legal matters involved in your duties. Our law office in Southern California has the experience and knowledge to assist you with your estates and trusts needs. Our lead estate lawyer in Los Angeles, Cheryl Mansell has more than 25 years of experience and has handled tens of millions of dollars in California estates. See how our award-winning team at Mansell & Mansell can help you.

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