California Probate Blog And News2018-03-02T22:20:26+00:00

When is Probate Necessary in California?

A formal probate proceeding and can be expensive and time-consuming. In this regard, California law provides for alternatives to formal probate that are easier and less expensive. It is often possible to avoid probate. So, when is probate necessary in California and are there way to avoid having to file probate? This article explains what you need to know.

Understanding The Role of a Probate Referee

The role of a probate referee is to determine the value of all non-cash property in the estate. The administrator for the estate will give the probate referee a list of assets in the estate. Most probate cases require a probate referee, but there are a few exceptions.

Using a Non-Lawyer Probate Service in California to File Probate

Do you really need to hire an attorney to file probate? You might be surprised to learn that you don't need an attorney to file probate in California. In many situations, the estate can be settled without having to hire a lawyer using an experienced non-lawyer probate service. Here's why many are using the probate services of A People's Choice.

How to Get Letters of Administration in Probate

In order to get Letters of administration, a full probate is filed that requests the court to name as personal representative of the estate. The court issues Letters of Administration when there 1) is no will; 2) when there is a will, but the will doesn't name an executor; or 3) the named executor is deceased and there is no alternate person named to act.

How to Settle a Small Estate with Real Property Valued Under $150,000

When a person dies, their property needs to be distributed to their heirs. In the past, this has required filing full probate which, in Calfornia, is a lengthy and expensive procedure. Fortunately, however, California offers several lower-cost alternatives to probate and settling small estates. Here's what you need to know about how to settle a small estate with real property valued under $150,000.

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How to File Probate in Placer County

Learn how to file probate in Placer county without a lawyer. Discover how the probate process works in Placer County, which Placer court handles probate. how to view probate examiner notes and contact a Placer County probate referee.

How to Deal With Creditors and Debts in California Probate

California has specific laws and rules about the process required to deal with creditors and debts in California probate. It is the estate’s executor or appointed representative's responsibility to notify all creditors of the probate proceedings. This notification allows creditors to make and file formal claims against the probate estate. It is important to note that creditors and interested parties usually have a limited amount of time to file a claim.

Understanding the Definition of Common Probate Terms

There are many common probate terms used in California probate matters. Common probate terms and confusing legal words are often found on legal forms and used by the Judge during court hearings. We have compiled a list of such terms for you to familiarize yourself with through the probate process.

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