In California, as in most other states, passing property from a deceased’s small estate to beneficiaries requires special procedures.
Small estate probate proceedings can save time and effort by simplifying the steps necessary for settlement. More specifically, a California small estate probate affidavit can transfer personal property in an estate with real and personal property worth less than $166,250 without formal probate proceedings, thereby avoiding court altogether.
There are two different California small estate probate affidavit processes. The appropriate process depends upon whether the decedent owned real and personal property or only personal property.