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Probate Consultation Session in Los Angeles


Specialist Probate Attorney Consultation

When you need a free probate consultation session regarding probate in Los Angeles to evaluate whether action should be taken to protect your inheritance, you should consider the following circumstances:

1.  You believe there was forgery involved regarding a Will in Probate.  Just because a will has been submitted to the court, does not mean it is authentic or valid.   Sometimes, the circumstances surrounding the death of a loved one give you the sense that he or she may not have been able to sign or understand a will.

2.   You believe someone influenced the decedent to write a will or trust which he or she otherwise would not have signed.    If someone tries to overcome the will of another, there are usually signs of isolation from others, and other facts.

3.   There was any type of fraud involved in an estate.

4.    An executor has not filed an accounting within a year from the start of probate.

5.    Executor or Administrator has not filed an inventory.

6.    The elderly decedent was abused during his or her lifetime.

7.    There are assets which should belong to the estate but which someone else claims or owns.  An 850 action can clear title to an asset owned by the decedent, or by another person.

8.    Decedent was in the middle of a sale, or transaction, and he or she died.

9.    There is sibling rivalry in the family regarding who should own the assets of a parent, or deceased person and a family member needs a free probate consultation in Los Angeles, CA.

10.  There needs to be a conservator appointed for a family member or loved one.

11.  A fiduciary, executor, administrator, trustee or agent under a power of attorney has not met his or her duties or responsibilities.

12.   Assets need to be returned to a person, estate or trust.

Contact Elder Law Counsel, Mina Sirkin, Probate Law Certified Specialist Attorney for a Free Probate Consultation session in Los Angeles.  Call 818.340.4479  Los Angeles Probate Lawyer

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Probate Training for Real Estate Agents in Los Angeles

Probate Training Course for Real Estate Agents in Los Angeles

Mina Sirkin, Certified Specialist Attorney in Probate by the State Bar of California has put together a probate course for real estate agents in Los Angeles.  Ms. Sirkin has over 23 years of experience in the Probate and Trust areas and has completed sales of hundreds of  probate and trust properties.

Below is an outline of what you will learn in the Probate Course:

  1.  Understanding the Probate Process structure in Los Angeles.
  2.  Where Real Estate Agents can find Probate leads in Los Angeles County.
  3.  Learn to read a Probate Petition or Conservatorship Petition for the best leads.
  4.  Probate Sales v. Conservatorship sales.
  5.  What you can expect when you sell a property in the Probate Court.
  6.  Overbid Process in Court.
  7.  What type of case requires Court confirmation and a hearing?
  8.  All the forms needed to list and sell a probate piece of property.
  9.  Relationships with Executors, Administrators, and Conservators.
  10.  Relationship building with the Probate Bar.
  11.  Data Management and customer contacts.

The Course is all day and includes refreshments and lunch.   Call 818.340.4479 for the schedule of our Probate course in Los Angeles.

Offices in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, Glendale & Pasadena

Email: Info@sirkinlaw.com for registration information for the Probate Training Course for Real Estate Agents in Los Angeles.

See our probate class presentation in Los Angeles.  http://ProbateClass.com

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Estate Planning & Probate Myths | Sirkin Law Group Los Angeles Estate Planning Lawyers


It is a myth that everyone should avoid probate.   There are many times when Court supervision of an estate is beneficial.  Observing a family’s dynamics can be very informative about whether or not probate should be avoided.  While at first glance, most attorneys advice that probate should be avoided, you should visit the following scenarios before you plan your estate and ask the following questions:

Will my executor and my beneficiaries get along?   For example, if you are married for the second or third time in California, there may be unpleasant feelings between your children and your current spouse.   Children of the first marriage, and second wives generally do not mix well in a non-court supervised setting, if they do not get along.   Equally, when you name a second wife as an executor, and children as beneficiaries of your estate, there may be allegations that the spouse hid an asset or used the asset for her own benefit to the detriment of beneficiaries.   These are some examples of why you may want to have court supervision of the distribution of the assets directed by your will.

Will the nature of the asset make probate a better choice?   If you are a member of an LLC, or a partner in a partnership, you should carefully review the governing documents in the LLC and the partnership, because sometimes operating agreements, and partnership agreements may state that the distribution shall be by a will or by a court appointed personal representative who then has to apply to the entity, its members and its partners and get consent of those persons to admit the beneficiaries of the will as members and partners.   Complications can arise in these matters regarding valuations of the business interest and there may be many good reasons to have a court appointed executor who can obtain court orders and court supervision regarding these types of assets.

Mina Sirkin has been practicing probate since 1992.  She is a Certified Specialist attorney in Probate, Estate Planning & Trust Law in Los Angeles,  Ms. Sirkin is a Los Angeles Estate Planning Lawyer with a focus on litigation, and an expert to media regarding trusts, estates and conservatorships in California.  Call 818,340.4479

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Elder Care Planning for Dementia & Alzheimer’s Patients Los Angeles


It is estimated that 46% of persons in assisted living facilities and convalescent homes who are age 85 or older are there because of a diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

Elder Care Plans include:

1.  An Advance Health Care Directive and HIPAA release;

2.  Durable Power of Attorney for Asset Management;

3.  A Living Trust;

4.  Will;

5.   Assignments of Personal Property, Deed, & transfer letters.

6.   Statement of wishes regarding living decisions and placement.

The plan for elder care needs to include a financial assessment of how the elder will financially support their stated wishes regarding their placement decisions.   So, if you intend to stay in your home with a caregiver, your financial plan has to include the cost of care at home.

Mina Sirkin is a Certified Specialist Attorney in Estate Planning, Probate & Trust Law.   She has helped thousands of people since 1992 to achieve their elder care plans in Los Angeles.  We are experts in conservatorships and elder law in Los Angeles Ca.  For appointments call: 818.340.4479.



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Top Ten Signs Your Trust Needs To Be Updated

Top Ten Signs Your Trust Needs To Be Updated

By: Mina N. Sirkin, Esq., Los Angeles Trust Attorney.

1.   You were married after your trust was created.

2.   You were divorced after your trust was created.

3.   Your trust has not been reviewed or update in the last three years.

4.   Your assets or your health situation have changed since you created your trust.

5.   Your partners is looking to retire or getting a divorce.

6.   You changed your business structure since your trust was created.

7.   The person you named in your trust to be your successor trustee died or is incapacitated, and you are not sure about any person named after that person.

8.   Your relationship with your children changed since you first created the trust.

9.   You have a bad in-law you did not anticipate in the mix.

10.  You opened new corporations, LLCs, to other entities.

Mina N. Sirkin is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust Law & Probate in Los Angeles California.

For appointments call: 818.340.4470

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Dedicated to Your Health and Your Property Rights

Nothing is more important than your health and your family.    Our law firm has helped protect thousands of families during incapacity and at death.   Our goal for the last twenty three years has been to assist our clients in providing for their loved ones and in protecting the rightful recipients of property and inheritances.

Family wealth issues often change dynamics of relationships.  We are dedicated to providing you with superb representation of your individual rights in the Los Angeles Superior Court Probate Departments.

With over two decades of experience, our Los Angeles California, Certified Specialist attorney in Probate, Trust and Estate Planning can help guide you in settling estates and planning for your family’s future.

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