San Diego Probate Attorney

Probate can be quite challenging—the rules are complex, and emotions often run high. Don’t go it alone. Our experienced probate attorneys will move it along efficiently, resolve issues fairly, and work to avoid conflicts.

What You Need To Know About Probate

Probate is a judicial process where a court reviews the assets of a deceased person, determines who the inheritors are, and orders how those assets will be distributed. It can take up to a year to complete.

Is Probate Required?

Each state has its own probate requirements. Here in California, probate is generally required if the estate’s value exceeds $166,250.

How Does It Work if You Have a Will?

The executor you’ve named to handle your estate is responsible for initiating probate with the court upon your death. First, the court will authenticate your will, and then your chosen executor is granted legal power to act on your behalf to complete obligations and fulfill your wishes.

How Does It Work if You Don’t Have a Will?

The court appoints an administrator to handle the probate process and distribute your assets according to state law. The administrator will attempt to locate legal heirs so the property can be divided amongst them. In most cases, the heirs are your surviving spouse and your children.

Understanding the Terminology

If you find yourself involved in the probate process, here are some of the common terms to familiarize yourself with:

Meet the Attorneys on Your Side

What Sets Us Apart

Marked by Integrity

Over 30 years of practice in San Diego County and a reputation for professional excellence.

Driven By Excellence

Award-winning attorneys who resolve even the most complicated issues and cases.

Unmatched Expertise

One of the few San Diego firms that focuses exclusively on trust and estate matters.

Creative Problem Solving

A team that thinks outside the box to find the best solution to your problem.


Our clients and their families return to us generation after generation.

Community Oriented

Our attorneys are actively involved in the local community and have been for over 30 years.

Our Clients Say It Best

I had the pleasure of working with Hilary Vrem during a family probate case. It was a difficult time for me as I was dealing with a loss in the family and needed assistance tackling the legal process. She provided me with a clear understanding of what to expect and guided me through my best options and next steps. She went above and beyond throughout our correspondence. I would happily recommend BJJ, their attorneys, and Hilary to friends and family who are dealing with a similar situation.

Let Us Represent You

Whether you’re the representative of an estate or a potential beneficiary, you’ll want experienced legal counsel by your side. The San Diego probate attorneys at Brierton, Jones & Jones, LLP are here for you.

(619) 696-7066