Estate Administration in Los Angeles

Legal Representation for Administrators

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If you were appointed by the court as an administrator, you can turn to Mansell & Mansell, APC for the legal support and guidance you need to handle your duties with ease, confidence, and success.

What sets our estate administration law firm apart?

  • 90+ 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

As a court-appointed administrator, 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 administration process is smooth and free of legal hurdles is to be represented by an outstanding legal team.

Let our qualified legal team guide you every step of the way! Schedule your free consultation today.

Meet Our Top Rated Estate Administration Lawyer

You can look to our accomplishments and awards to affirm why we are the law firm to trust, some of which include:

Our lead Los Angeles probate attorney, Cheryl Mansell has more than 25 years of experience, over which time she has handled tens of millions of dollars in California estates.

Estate Administration vs. Probate

Estate administration refers to the management and settlement of an estate of a person who died intestate (without a will). When someone dies without a will, the court appoints an administrator who is responsible for administering and settling the estate pursuant to California's rules of descent and distribution.

Probate is the settling of an estate where a will existed. In a probate case, the executor (the person named in the will) settles the estate. Despite these differences, the duties of the executor and administrator are nearly identical.

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. See how our award-winning team at Mansell & Mansell can help you.

Call us today to schedule a free consultation!