Wills & Trusts, Estate Administration, Mediation, Collaborative Practice

Trusted Guidance for Probate and Trust Administration

Making the Process Manageable

If you have been named as the executor or administrator of a deceased person's estate, it can seem like an overwhelming task. You may not feel you fully understand the legal process, or maybe the decedent's will or trust is difficult to decipher. A considerable amount of legal responsibility is given to executors and trustees, so you can benefit from consulting with an attorney as early in the process as possible.

Barbara L. Stagg, Attorney at Law, located in Cotati, California, and serving clients throughout Sonoma County, offers knowledgeable, reliable representation for probate and trust administration. An attorney since 1993, Barbara Stagg has been guiding clients through the administration process, customizing her approach to meet individual needs. After many years of experience, both personal and professional, Ms. Stagg understands the grief and confusion that can accompany this time. She will work with you to ensure all administrative tasks are complete and assets are distributed to beneficiaries as efficiently and effectively as possible – and according to the decedent's wishes.

The Basic Estate Administration Alternatives Include:


PROBATE: A court-ordered process in which someone, usually a close family member or friend of the decedent, gathers the estate assets, pays the debts of the estate and distributes the remaining assets to the intended recipients.

TRUST ADMINISTRATION: A trust provides for a successor trustee, payment of your debts and distribution of trust assets, especially real estate. It avoids probate and offers a private transition for the distribution of assets to your heirs.

A Strong Advocate for Elder Law Matters


As our loved ones age, other legal issues can arise that require the help of an experienced lawyer. If a parent or spouse becomes incapacitated and does not have a named power of attorney, you can obtain a conservatorship in order to assist with his or her financial and medical decisions.

Additionally, vulnerable seniors may be susceptible to elder financial abuse and potential neglect. In these unfortunate situations, attorney Stagg can be a powerful advocate for your family member.

For a free, 30-minute consultation with a lawyer for probate, trust administration and elder law, contact Barbara L. Stagg at 707-774-6640 or fill out and submit the online form. Flexible appointment times and off-site visits are available.

Contact Us

Barbara L. Stagg, Attorney at Law

205 Keller Street, Suite 203, Petaluma, CA 94952, US

Phone: 707-774-6640 • Fax: 707-792-2936 bstagg@sonic.net


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