Your loved one has recently passed away. Banks and other agencies have tied up the decedent's assets and told you that you need to get "Letters" (Letters of Administration) before they will speak to you or release bank funds. Just exactly what are Letters of Administration and do you really need them? What do you need to do if the bank wants Letters of Administration? Read on to learn more about getting Letters of Administration, when you really need Letters of Administration and when you don't.
Looking for California Probate forms? Here are links to common forms to probate an estate in California. You will also learn where you can get free forms and low-cost probate help for many types of routine California probate cases.
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A California spousal property petition can transfer community and separate property to a spouse after death. If assets are not in the name of both parties, the court may need to confirm a spouse's right to the decedent's interest. A California spousal property petition will establish this spousal interest.
The federal gift tax is a tax by the government that applies to either assets left by a decedent at their death or assets given by an individual during their lifetime. In essence, whether you give your assets away while you are still living, or give them away when you die, they are subject to a tax. Gift tax applies to lifetime gifts; estate tax applies to assets left at death. Read on to learn about the federal estate and gift tax and how it may affect your estate.
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California statutory attorneys fees for an attorney to handle and probate an estate can be excessive and unreasonable. More and more, people search for an alternative way to complete their probate case. This client shares her story of how A People's Choice, an experienced, non-attorney probate service, saved the beneficiaries and the estate thousands of dollars.