Los Angeles Probate Lawyer

Irwin B. Feinberg

Los Angeles Probate Attorney

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Irwin B. Feinberg

Los Angeles Probate Attorney

Los Angeles Probate Lawyer

Irwin B. Feinberg

Irwin B. Feinberg is a founding partner at FMBK and Head of the Civil Litigation and Probate & Trust Litigation Departments. After completing his undergraduate studies at UCLA in 1976, Mr. Feinberg went on to earn his J.D. from King Hall School of Law, University of California at Davis.

Mr. Feinberg brings a wholistic approach to litigation centered around each client’s needs. He prides himself on finding the most cost-efficient approach to obtaining the best results for his clients. Mr. Feinberg’s main areas of practice include civil litigation, more specifically real estate and commercial litigation and partnership dissolutions, as well as probate and trust litigation. Throughout his decades of practice, Mr. Feinberg has conducted jury trials in a variety of civil litigation matters.

Mr. Feinberg sees himself as a legal counselor to his clients and believes that, when appropriate, connecting his clients to the specialists they need is a crucial part of his representation.

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About Los Angeles Probate Law

Probate law in Los Angeles involves the legal process behind properly distributing a deceased person’s estate to his or her heirs. This process generally follows these basic steps:

  • Someone is named as the administrator — also known as the executor — of the estate, either by the deceased person’s will or by court appointment.
  • The court verifies that the deceased person’s will is valid.
  • The deceased person’s property is identified, inventoried, and appraised so that assets may be distributed or sold.
  • Debts or taxes owed by the deceased person are paid.
  • The remaining assets are distributed in accordance with the will, or—in the absence of a will—by California law.

What Does a Los Angeles Probate Attorney Do?

If you’ve been named administrator of a loved one’s estate, it is encouraged that you seek advice from an experienced Los Angeles probate attorney, as they will know the legal ins and outs of the process. Some of the services that a Los Angeles probate lawyer can provide include:

  • Assisting with the sale or distribution of estate property and assets.
  • Obtaining appraisals of estate-owned property.
  • Determining the taxes that are owed on the property.
  • Representing you in court if there should be challenges to the estate brought by beneficiaries.
  • Locating and securing assets that are involved in probate as well as those that aren’t. An example of a non-probate asset would be a life insurance policy.
  • Preparing and filing all documents required by probate court, paying heed to the deadlines involved in these filings.
  • The collection and disbursement of life insurance proceeds.
  • Dealing with the deceased’s retirement plans, such as IRAs and 401(k)s.
  • Advising their client as to any final debts owed by the estate.
  • Settling disputes between administrators and beneficiaries.
  • Re-titling the deceased person’s real estate into the names of the appropriate beneficiaries.
  • Distributing the remainder of the estate to beneficiaries after applicable debts and taxes have been paid.

Frequently Asked Questions About Probate

What happens if there is no will?

If a person dies without a will, his or her assets will be distributed according to California law. The court will appoint an executor of its choice to oversee the distribution of the assets. Individuals can challenge the will, with the court making a decision as to the appropriate beneficiary for each asset.

How long does probate take?

According to information from the American Bar Association, the average estate completes the probate process within six to nine months after the initial filing in court. However, this timeline can grow quite a bit if there are challenges to the will or difficulties locating and appraising property belonging to the estate.

Does all property have to go through probate?

Not necessarily. If property is jointly owned, then ownership will remain with the surviving owner. Additionally, non-probate assets such as the proceeds from a life insurance policy, are payable upon death to the beneficiary specified in the policy.

What does “contesting a will” mean?

It means that you disagree with the dispensation of assets in accordance to the will for a specific legal reason such as incapacity, fraud, undue influence, or duress. Contesting a will is a legal process of its own and one that requires court filings.

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What clients in Los Angeles are saying about
Irwin B. Feinberg

DOSE NOT care about your case just wants your money
Timothy Leatherby
Timothy Leatherby
16:05 23 Aug 18
Donna Shapiro did a great job in helping me set up my family trust! She made my wife and I very comfortable in explaining and understanding each point in the trust.
Debbie Borden
Debbie Borden
20:22 14 Dec 17
Steve Mindel and Nancy Burt were both spectacular. We had two different firms represent us who were unable to do so in the way we needed before we found FMBK. Thankfully, we found FMBK and they did such an amazing job, with an incredible grasp of both the law and of likely outcomes in every scenario that we were able to construct a reasonable settlement and get the case closed. The way we were heading before we found FMBK we would have spent double the price and it would have taken at least another year. Thank you Steve and Nancy! You guys were both beacons of light through an otherwise arduous, expensive, and murky system!
00:56 14 Dec 17
Taylor Wallin, Esq. is an exceptional attorney. Her work is thoughtful, well-articulated, and thorough.
Stephanie Rudat
Stephanie Rudat
17:33 25 Apr 17
I've known Megan Green since around 2007, while I was in law school and she was a successful family law attorney. Through the years, we have kept in touch and I have seen many reports of her being a super lawyer and honored or awarded for being an effective counsel for her clients. I needed some litigation training for a matter, since my focus is transactional, so I reached out to the best lawyers I knew and she went out of her way to help me. I watched her successfully handle a deposition for her client. I was very impressed with her professionalism, preparation and zealous advocacy and her client was very appreciative and pleased. In a sometimes, "lawyer eat lawyer" world, Megan was there for me and I can't thank her enough.
Suzanne Raina
Suzanne Raina
17:43 07 Nov 16

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Named a Top 100 Lawyer, 2013, 2015-2018 by Super Lawyers

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Recipient of the Champion Award for his services to Westview School.

Featured as Attorney of the Month by Attorney at Law Magazine, Downtown LA Edition, Vol. 2 No. 10.


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