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​​Sanger & Manes is highly experienced in this specialized area of international probates, with a particular emphasis in Canadian/California probates.  Our firm guides foreign executors through the probate and the estate tax process, coordinating with the foreign probate, assembling and filing the documents demanded by California for international probates, meeting all requirements to probate and transfer the property to the beneficiaries, and advising foreign executors on the steps needed to comply with tax treaties and avoid or reduce US estate taxes.  The attorney’s fees for California probates are set by statute, and are based on a percentage of the estate.  However, in extremely high-value estates, Sanger & Manes will enter into a fixed-fee arrangement with the foreign executor for a lower percentage.  
In many cases, the death of a foreign national doesn’t require a full probate.  If the property is in a trust or joint tenancy, an expedited process involving filings with the local recorder’s and assessor’s office is all that is required.  Still, the transfers must be done properly to obtain the full exemptions to any property tax reassessment (under Proposition 13) and any documentary tax relief the beneficiaries are entitled to.  Sanger & Manes has years of expertise in properly transferring real estate through these expedited procedures. Accordingly, we are able to do so for a fixed fee.*

In addition, Sanger & Manes also offers fixed-fee services for transfers of real property of foreign nationals who want to make ownership changes among their entities or family.
Contact us for details about our international probate and other asset transfer services for foreign nationals.

*Special arrangements must be made if the property is Bureau of Indian Affairs Lease Land.