Even though I chose to become an attorney as my second career, I have been helping... more
Even though I chose to become an attorney as my second career, I have been helping people and serving this great community my entire adult life. I began as a paramedic primarily working in East Bakersfield. I later moved into upper management for the ambulance company and oversaw the management of several emergency and nonemergency ambulance companies throughout the state. Ultimately I became t... view profile
Kurt Van Sciver focuses his practice on trusts and estates litigation. He has served... more
Kurt Van Sciver focuses his practice on trusts and estates litigation. He has served as lead counsel in multiple bench trials before the probate court. He regularly litigates issues such as breach of fiduciary duties, accounting issues, spousal propertypetitions, and trust ownership of property. Representative clients include trustees,trust beneficiaries, executors, and conservators. ... view profile
Probate is the legal process used to carry out a person's will after their death; a probate attorney advises you on how to perform the steps in the process. In general, once you have identified and collected the dead person's belongings, including their money, property, and other assets, you pay the person's debts and taxes. Once all debts have been paid, you distribute their money and property according to the language of the will. If there is no will, the laws of the state where the dead person lived control how the property is distributed. A probate attorney helps you plan what happens to your property when you die, as they can probate wills and act as your probate court estate representative. A probate attorney also represents family members and beneficiaries wishing to challenge wills.