California law requires the estate’s personal representative finish California probate within a year to 18 months. However, if someone contests the will, or if other complications arise, full probate can take years. Therefore, to help simplify this daunting process, we’ve provided a checklist for filing probate in California.
What is Probate?
When a person dies with or without a will, the legal process of California probate facilitates the transfer of property to the person’s beneficiaries and heirs and pays debts owed by the deceased. In some cases, depending on the size and worth of the deceased’s estate, full probate is not necessary, and the heirs can use simplified California probate procedures. Furthermore, if the decedent has no property to transfer, they will not require a probate. However, a full probate, when required, is a lengthy, complicated process. More specifically, a non-community estate worth over $166,250 will require a full probate.
If you are an elected representative of a deceased relative or friend, use our checklist for help filing a full probate on their behalf.