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Navigating the Probate Process


Gain a thorough understanding of the probate process and the laws associated with it.

At some point in life, everyone encounters the probate process, whether as the surviving spouse or child of a decedent, a named personal representative of an estate, or a beneficiary or creditor of an estate. This topic will provide a roadmap of the probate process so that anyone, especially those appointed to administer the estate, will be able to navigate the process with full knowledge of the major tasks to be done and full visibility to avoid any pitfalls. The major topics to be covered include formal vs. informal probate, opening and administering the estate, accepting and rejecting creditor's claims, personal representative's and attorney's fees, and typical areas where litigation may arise. For anyone who is or will be going through the probate process, this information is vital to ensure an efficient probate administration and avoid unwanted delays and stress.



Jonathan H. Park

Jonathan H. Park

Holland & Knight LLP

  • Partner at Holland & Knight LLP
  • Practice focuses on complex trust and estate litigation, probate and trust administration, conservatorship, and guardianship matters
  • Outgoing Co-Chair of the Trusts and Estates Committee of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • National clients include American Cancer Society and the Salvation Army
  • J.D. degree, New York University School of Law; B.A. degree, The University of Chicago
  • Can be contacted at 213-896-2549 or [email protected]
Robert Barton

Robert Barton

Holland & Knight LLP

  • Partner at Holland & Knight LLP
  • Represents individuals, families, charitable institutions, corporate trustees, and private professional fiduciaries in litigation involving complex trusts and estates; he also provides guidance on trust and estate administration, conservatorship and guardianship matters, as well as claims involving elder abuse
  • Memberships include American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Fellow, 2021; member of the California Lawyers Association Trusts & Estates Executive Committee; Chair of the Ethics and Malpractice Committee of the American Bar Association, Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law, California
  • J.D. degree, University of Minnesota Law School; B.A. degree, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Can be contacted at 213-896-2503 or [email protected]
Vivian M. Rivera

Vivian M. Rivera

Holland & Knight LLP

  • Associate at Holland & Knight LLP
  • Focuses her practice on complex trusts and estates litigation, as well as trust and estate administration; her practice includes representing individuals, families, charitable institutions, corporate trustees, and private professional fiduciaries in litigation involving will and trust disputes, contested conservatorships and guardianships, breach of fiduciary duty matters and claims involving elder abuse
  • Member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Trusts and Estates Section
  • J.D. degree, cum laude, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles; B.A. degree, cum laude, University of San Diego
  • Can be contacted at 213-896-2468 or [email protected]

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