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It can be a great relief for a mourning family when they know that the estate of their deceased loved one is being taken care of by someone who understands his final wishes.  That is where a probate lawyer comes in.  Probate, which can be so complex most especially to those who are not familiar in the legal industry, is a court-supervised process of dividing up and determining the value of a deceased person’s assets and belongings.


Prior to death, a probate lawyer is entrusted with the task of counseling the person about his estate.


The Smykowski Law Offices has been providing professional probate services for over three decades now.  Robert A. Smykowski & David P. Smykowski specialize in estate planning and therefore understand the significance of establishing a plan for probate.  With their legal expertise, you will get dedicated customer service, attention to detail, discrete professionalism and expert advice.  Many satisfied clients have chosen Robert A. Smykowski  &  David P. Smykowski for their probate proceedings – that figure reflects the level of trust given to him by people with his professionalism in handling cases.

Filing for Probate


In California, there are specific laws that must be followed in order to adhere to the legal process of filing for probate.  Without the help of a probate lawyer, managing an estate can be complicated and can also be a cause of conflict among concerned parties.  It is imperative that those who wish to file for probate hire a lawyer who is an expert in probate process to ensure that everything is done according to the law.

Here are some of the tasks that a personal representative is responsible for:


  1. Locating and holding the decedent’s assets

  2. Contacting creditors

  3. Taking care of outstanding bills

  4. Filing income tax returns for the deceased

When Probate is Needed


Working for probate plays a crucial role most especially if the deceased had substantial financial accounts or had various properties in possession, as well as when that person had very specific instructions about how his assets should be divided after his passing.  Because inheritance can involve issues that can often be complex, it is necessary to ask help from a lawyer who is a proven expert in the field.


The Smykowski Law Office has been providing probate service for more than three decades now, offering expert advice in this particular area of law.  We provide one-on-one service in order to help clients better understand the process that they have to undergo so that they are able to take the most appropriate course of action.

Let’s Work Together

To learn more about the probate process or if you are unsure whether or not you need to file for probate, schedule a free consultation by clicking below or call (858) 484-0264 to make an appointment. You can also inquire at

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