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Canadian/International Probates

Sanger & Manes is a premier practitioner in the area of international probates, the court proceeding often required to transfer real property in California after the death of the owner who is not an American citizen.

Many Canadians and other foreign nationals own real property in California, particularly in the Palm Springs area. When the owner dies and the property is not in a trust, a probate in California may be necessary to transfer the property to the intended beneficiaries, even if a probate takes place in the decedent's country of origin.

These international probates require special knowledge about the documentation needed by California probate courts, and the tax treaties that govern how US estate taxes apply to real property owned by non-citizens.  Sanger & Manes is highly experienced in this specialized area of the law, with a particular emphasis in Canadian/California probates.  The 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.

Sanger & Manes' staff has years of expertise in properly transferring real estate to the beneficiaries once the probate closes, and correcting title problems that may have occured in the past.

In international probates Sanger & Manes has a proven record of success getting the real property of foreign nationals transfered to their intended beneficiaries as quickly as possible, with the optimum tax savings.

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Sanger & Manes, LLP
36953 Cook Street, #103

Palm Desert, CA 92211


(760) 558-9534


(760) 320-0351


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