As an experienced Probate Attorney, Benjamin Graff
represents estate executors, beneficiaries, and heirs
in Temecula and surrounding communities in all
probate matters. He provides attentive, personal
representation and is dedicated to resolving your
legal issues in the most cost-effective manner
Temecula Probate Attorney Benjamin Graff will
guide you through the entire probate process and
provide skilled legal counsel concerning fulfilling the
duties of the executor, filing required legal notices,
responding to claims against the decedent’s estate,
and transferring property to the designated
Mr. Graff provides experienced and compassionate
legal services to help you reach your end goal of
closing the estate. Settling a deceased loved one’s
estate is never easy. We understand every situation
is unique, and we are prepared to represent your
interests at every step of the probate process.
Temecula Probate Attorney Benjamin Graff will
thoroughly explain your rights and obligations while
addressing your concerns.
Contact Graff & Associates at (951) 775-2364 and
schedule your appointment with Temecula
Probate Lawyer Benjamin Graff. Because you may
be dealing with unexpected questions, emotional
turmoil, and complex tax and financial issues, our
probate law firm is prepared to handle the legal
process in an efficient way.
Probate a Will in Temecula, California
Probate is the court supervised process of settling
the estate after a person dies. Following directives
outlined in the Will, probate organizes the estate’s
assets, determines and pays liabilities, identifies
beneficiaries, and transfers remaining assets to the
If you are the executor of a decedent’s estate,
Probate Lawyer Graff will help you navigate the
probate process and offer assistance on the proper
way to probate a Will, also called testate succession.
If there is not a valid Will, Mr. Graff works diligently
to help you settle the estate through a process
known as intestate succession.
Temecula Probate Attorney Graff prepares requisite
notices in addition to all court forms. He handles
creditor notices and all additional statutory
requirements to ensure the estate is distributed to
the beneficiaries in a timely manner. He also
represents beneficiaries to ensure the executor is
correctly performing mandatory legal duties.
In the event of a Will contest or probate dispute,
Mr. Graff is an experienced probate litigation lawyer
who is qualified to represent your interests in court.
Why Avoid Probate?
Although the state requires probate for certain
assets, there are many disadvantages to having an
estate go through the probate process. As a
knowledgeable Estate Planning Lawyer, Mr. Graff
offers services designed to help clients avoid
probate through comprehensive estate planning
methods. The disadvantages of probate include:
Cost: The probate process is costly. Established by
the state, the high fees involved with probating a Will
depend upon the current value of the decedent’s
Time: Because the court must approve each step,
probate may take several years. The average
probate takes one to two years to be resolved, and it
may take longer when there are disagreements
among beneficiaries, heirs, or with the executor.
Privacy: All probate records are open to the public.
Through the court system, information such as
assets, income, and debts become public record.
Complexity: Depending on the nature and location
of assets, probate may become complicated when
assets are out of state. The heirs and beneficiaries
will not gain title to the estate until after probate
Assets Not Subject to Probate
Temecula Probate Attorney Graff helps clients
understand which assets must be included in
probate. The following assets are not subject to the
Property Held in a Trust Account
Jointly Titled Property
Certain Bank Accounts with “POD” designations
As an experienced Temecula Estate Planning
Attorney, Mr. Graff encourages clients to establish a
solid estate plan which can organize the assets to
avoid probate. Assets not included in the probate
estate are passed to the beneficiary specified in
those accounts. In situations involving a Trust or
Living Trust, the property will pass to the successor
Contact our Knowledgeable Probate
Temecula Probate Lawyer Benjamin Graff provides
skilled legal assistance in all probate law matters.
Please schedule an in-depth consultation by calling
(951) 775-2364 to discuss your circumstances today.
Mr. Graff works diligently to ensure the process is
completed in an accurate and expeditious manner.
Graff & Associates can also be reached by email.
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