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Law Offices of Berge & Berge LLP

Probate Lawyer | San Jose, CA

408-389-6980

Proudly Serving The South Bay Area For Over 20 Years

The Law Offices of Berge & Berge is a South Bay Law Firm practicing exclusively in the area of Estate Planning with over 2,500 individuals having selected our firm to prepare and maintain their estate plan.  Our firm prides itself on being a proactive, counseling oriented practice which strives to educate clients and design customer estate plans that meet client …

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Frisella Law, APC

Probate Lawyer | Serving San Jose, CA

Free Consultation

866-748-6512

We Can Help During This Difficult Time. Call Us Today to Discuss Your Probate Matter, Trust, Will or Estate Planning Needs. We Also Handle Litigation Matters and Disputes.

At the Law Office of Lisa J. Frisella, APC, we assist our clients plan for the future. We create planning documents intended to protect financial and personal legacies. Our attorneys take the time to explain our clients' estate planning choices. Planning is important for everyone, we make every attempt to make our clients comfortable and give them peace of mind, both …

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Understanding Probate

When an individual dies leaving a will, the legal process that takes place is called probate. Probate refers to how an estate is administered and processed through the legal system.

Probate Lawyers

The probate process can be confusing and overwhelming considering the circumstances. A San Jose probate lawyer will help with the management of the decedent's estate, any trusts he or she may have as well as any guardianships or conservatorships in question.

Probate cases often become very detailed and a probate lawyer will help ensure the rights of the deceased are fully protected. Attorneys also have the sensitivity to family dynamics and are knowledgeable in common problems with probate cases.

What sort of issues can I seek legal help with?

Specialized legal help is available for most legal issues. Each case is unique; seeking legal help is a smart first step toward understanding your legal situation and seeking the best path toward resolution for your case. An experienced lawyer understands the local laws surrounding your case and what your best legal options might be. More importantly, there are certain situations and circumstances - such as being charged with a crime - where you should always seek experienced legal help.

The Importance of a Good Consultation

The goal of an initial consultation is to find an attorney you are comfortable working with and someone who can help you understand your options under the law. Seek to understand the relevant legal experience the attorney brings to your case. While it is not realistic to expect an attorney to resolve your legal issue during an initial consultation, you should gain a level of comfort with his/her ability to do so. A good consultation can clarify issues, raise pertinent questions and considerations for your case, and help you make an informed decision towards resolving your legal issue.

Types of legal fees:

Bill by the hour: Many attorneys bill by the hour. How much an attorney bills you per hour will vary based on a number of factors. For instance, an attorney's hourly fee may fluctuate based on whether that hour is spent representing you in court or doing research on your case. Attorneys in one practice area may bill you more than attorneys in a different practice area.

Contingent fee: Some lawyers will accept payment via contingent fee. In this arrangement, the lawyer receives a percentage of the total monetary recovery if you win your lawsuit. In sum, the lawyer only gets paid if you win. Contingent fee agreements are limited to specific practice areas in civil law.

Flat fee: For "routine" legal work where the attorney generally knows the amount of time and resources necessary to complete the task, he/she may be willing to bill you a flat fee for services performed.

Common legal terms explained

Pro se - This Latin term refers to representing yourself in court instead of hiring professional legal counsel. Pro se representation can occur in either criminal or civil cases.

Statute - Refers to a law created by a legislative body. For example, the laws enacted by Congress are statutes.

Subject matter jurisdiction - Requirement that a particular court have authority to hear the claim based on the specific type of issue brought to the court. For example, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court only has subject matter jurisdiction over bankruptcy filings, therefore it does not have the authority to render binding judgment over other types of cases, such as divorce.

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Court Locations in San Jose, CA

Downtown Superior Court

191 N 1st St.,San Jose,CA95113
Phone: (408) 882-2100

Santa Clara Hall of Justice

190 W Hedding St.,San Jose,CA95110
Phone: (408) 808-6600

Old Courthouse

161 N 1st St.,San Jose,CA95113
Phone: (408) 882-2100