I am a California State Bar Certified Legal Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust &... more
I am a California State Bar Certified Legal Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law. This specialization is distinguished by the fact that out of 182,000 active attorneys in California, only 984 are currently certified legal specialists in the area of Estate Law (as of August 2014). I do work in wills, trusts, probate, trust administration, durable powers of attorney, advance healt... view profile
Joscelyn Jones Torru is a well-known, leading attorney with a practice emphasis in... more
Joscelyn Jones Torru is a well-known, leading attorney with a practice emphasis in estate planning, probate, trust administration and criminal defense matters. Joscelyn was born and raised in Southern California, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Redlands in 1978 and her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1981. After ... 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.