I had just turned 30; life was good; this was a stage where I have been sure about my career path. I had just signed up for a program to advance my interior design career. Beauty and function was the passion that I inherited from my mother I suppose. Nonetheless, my late mother had left us only seven years before and I could not believe that at my 30th birthday, I had managed to smile again; live again. Moreover, I had become a mother to my fifteen year old brother and nothing made me happier than to see him merry and healthy despite the death of our mother. As if fate was testing us, Consequently, I had no idea that I have been about to face yet another battle that would further devastate our lives, dreams and hopes. I was ready to give up.
Barely three months after I celebrated by 30th birthday, I received a call from my dad’s office. His personal assistant together with a host of senior staff members of his company broke the news to me and my teenage brother. My father had suffered cardiac arrest and efforts to save him had borne no fruit. Conversely, the words tore through me like a sharp blade reviving an old wound. The reality that we were now orphans was surreal notwithstanding, I had to gather some strength to ensure that my brother was not completely crushed. Although I had not agreed with everything my father did in life, he always treated us with dignity and he loved our mother. My last memories of him were at my birthday party where he could not have been more alive with gusto. Accordingly, I decided to move forward with the knowledge that he loved us and we loved him.
In life and probably even in death, my father was a business genius and it is no wonder he had recorded great success. Starting a company at a young age and making it one of the top was definitely enviable. With his absence, a trustee came to see me and declared that I had been named the sole executor of my father’s will and estate. I had to drive my father’s agenda and I had no idea what all this meant or even what was expected of me. As an interior designer, legal jargon was really not my cup of tea. My father never mentioned that he thought I was fit enough to make serious decisions about his estate. As soon as the funeral dust settled, the legal issues had to take center stage. My father had a will and his properties are quite vast; I really had no idea that my dad was this wealthy; with so many engagements and projects; I had never been more confused in my life. As if this was not enough, an ex-wife resurfaced to contest my power of execution. A friend suggested hiring a lawyer.
Nevertheless, hiring a probate lawyer proved to be the best thing that I ever did, However, I had a very big challenge finding an ideal attorney since I did not know where to begin looking. Ordinarily, I asked around through family and friends hoping that they would refer somebody who was suitable. Looking for a reference was taking forever and I had to get moving if the probate matters were to find a timely and suitable resolution. I therefore went online to specialized sites to find a good professional. I was keen to look for experts who were qualified in the area of probate, estate planning and trust. I was keen to look for somebody who had good years of experience in the field so that they would know how to solve my problem in the best manner possible.
After finding suitable candidates, However, I went through my local state bar association to find out about the reputation of the potential lawyer. The candidate that I narrowed on had not only good standing with the bar, but they were also active members of various legal associations. The attorney I chose had the right skills to handle my case and their payment needs and terms therein were satisfactory. This is how I landed on attorney Steve Bliss. With his years of experience in the area of probate law and estate planning I knew I had found the right one. I was looking forward to an amicable conclusion to my case. I needed to put these legal issues behind me to cultivate a new life which would hopefully usher me and my brother to healing.
Attorney Steve Bliss first and foremost made my burden lighter by giving me a framework for the proper course of action. He was keen on getting all the details into my case and in this regard. I was afforded an opportunity to ask many of questions regarding my role in the whole process. The attorney made it easier for me to understand the fact that my father named me a clear sole executor of my will was a very good thing. With the verification of the ‘Will’ through the probate court, any person contesting the matter would have to prove with evidence why I was unsuitable to be the personal representative. This made me feel lighter knowing that my father would have been disappointed in his ex-wife.
On the issue of creditors and taxes, attorney Bliss had good experience in the area of making settlements both through the probate court and through other means. My father’s tax liabilities did not have to be exaggerated and in this regard, my attorney found a way to make the property stop bleeding in this regard. The attorney explained to me that once a person dies, there are many entities that like to take advantage of the situation. In addition, there are disadvantages that befall the beneficiaries where probate law is not followed or applied. To this light, my lawyer was able to deal with the whole legal jargon to ensure that legitimate creditors and fair taxes would be applied in my case.
Another issue that was brought to my attention about the will was how my father had decided to leave an awfully large fortune to a charity organization. Attorney Steve Bliss made it clear to me that if there seemed to be an irregularity or if we simply wanted to contest the charity fund; it was very possible. I decided to contest that part in a bid to have a reasonable amount go to the charity organization while leaving more resources to the beneficiaries. Apart from my brother and me, my father was looking after two elderly aunts who needed care and this money would help greatly in that aspect. There was also an issue of real estate, electronics, and cars; among others. In the will, my father had not made certain aspects clear enough to get a way forward. Mr. Bliss informed me that all these matters would be addressed by the probate court.
The first thing was to file all the documents and make sure that the will was validated. This would be followed by taking account or inventory of all the properties or assets that formed my father’s estate. Communication with my attorney was very effective since he was reachable at any time it is this element that gave me more confidence to ask different questions while getting timely answers. Mr. Bliss also kept me up to date with every little element and progress that went on in the probate court. My father had some property in different places and harmonizing all of them to execute my father’s will was a tall order. The attorney through proper planning made everything look simple. I was able to reason clearly as the process went on despite being the earliest stage of the process. I could clearly see where the issues were going; I was looking forward to good success and a satisfactory conclusion to the matter.
Reasons why attorney Steve Bliss was invaluable
To begin with, my father’s death brought a lot of devastation. On top of that, I had to deal with legal matters that were full of jargon. Hiring attorney Bliss helped me to have a clear perspective on my case and the hope of knowing that everything would work out was a great relief. The attorney has not just fed me with utter hope, but he also provided a clear pathway or direction to follow to attain the success I was looking for the whole matter did not take more than a year to conclude and this is a very short time especially where many assets are concerned.
Thanks to Attorney Bliss, who I now fondly refer to as Steve, the issue with my dad’s ex was resolved in my favor. The probate court could not find any logical reason why I was unsuitable to become the sole executor of the will to this end, my father’s wishes were respected and most properties went to the rightful beneficiaries. My brother who was still a minor was taken care of along with me as the sole guardian to look after his legal interest and welfare therein. I never thought I would receive inheritance of this magnitude; but as Steve explained to me, one does not have to apologize for receiving what is clearly and rightfully theirs.
Regarding the exorbitant amount of money that was to go to a charity, the probate court was able to rule that that amount be reduced. The difference would go into taking care of my elderly family members who were already dependents of my father when he was alive. The issue of pending and piling taxes was swiftly resolved and cheaper rates were recommended which went a long way in saving money and retaining the integrity of my father’s estate. After the full inventory of all the property was done, the rightful creditors were identified and all liabilities were considered. Agreements were entered into on settlements to ensure that there were no legal loopholes to this effect.
I was so impressed to see that my father’s businesses would continue as if he never left. This assurance came from having the right legal framework for succession and I thank Steve for making the experience worthwhile. Even if the road was not easy, having a probate lawyer who was also an expert on estate planning made a world of difference. So much so that it made me open my eyes where probate law is concerned. For this reason, I decided that the best way to leave a legacy to my family was to ensure that they never had to go through elaborate legal processes to get what was rightfully theirs. In light of this, attorney Steve helped me create a living will as well as enact different trusts. Even though I could not have thought of this before, I now realize that proper administration of assets would save beneficiaries a lot of heartache. I’m therefore delighted to know that my heirs will transition smoothly even in my absence.
Steve played a critical role in making one of the worst experiences of my life have a silver lining. I would give up everything to have my father come back to life. However, beggars cannot be choosers and making the most out of the situation has given me satisfaction. I have the confidence that my brother is protected legally and I have the assets and legacy my father would have wanted me to have. Attorney Steve did not just become a legal, asset, but he became a very dear friend. With reasonable and flexible payment plan, I did not have any trouble paying for his services. I saw a probate lawyer who was out to help a friend rather than an attorney who was at work. It is for this reason, I would urge any person going through the same problem, not to hesitate to hire attorney Steve Bliss. Utmost professionalism and getting the job done is what I got and I’m very happy with his services.
I highly recommend that you contact his legal office today by clicking here on the map or on his address below. I promise you, there are no better estate planning, probate, wills and trust attorney than Steven F. Bliss.
He is a lawyer, you can count on.
Address: 41593 Winchester Rd #200, Temecula, CA 92590
Phone: (951) 223-7000
There is really no need to go through the challenges alone when your loved one passes on; proper legal help to deal with probate issues is the beginning of healing and closure for your loss. It has been about two years now since my father died and my brother and I have gotten better and stronger; we can never give up on hope and happiness.