What You Need to Know About the Probate Process in California

The probate process can often seem daunting to those who just lost a loved one. If you have questions or concerns or would like to learn more, reach out to our dedicated Woodland Hills probate attorneys today.

What is the probate process in California?

The probate process is a legal process in which the assets of a decedent are distributed to his or her heirs. This process typically includes gathering assets, paying debts, and then transferring the remaining property and assets to the heirs or beneficiaries of the decedent. An executor, if there is a will or an administrator, if there is no will, must be confirmed by the court before legally allowed to represent the estate, collect assets, pay debts and expenses, and distribute assets to beneficiaries. This procedure can take anywhere from 9 months to a year and a half, and in some instances, in more complicated situations, it can take even more time.

Will I need to go to probate court?

In California, a petition must be filed with the court in order for an executor or administrator of an estate to be authorized. Your appointment with the court to be authorized as the personal representative of the estate is one of the first steps of the probate process. Afterward, you will continue going through several more steps that may be case-specific. A court must authorize you in order for you to distribute assets in the estate in addition to every payment made during the probate process. You will be accountable for notifying potential creditors to claim alleged money due and must also notify other tax and government agencies of the death of the decedent. After all of the decedent’s affairs are resolved, you will then be able to file a petition and ask to be authorized to distribute the remaining assets to the beneficiaries or heirs.

To learn more about probate, reach out to our skilled Woodland Hills probate attorneys. Our dedicated estate planning attorneys are here to help you.

Is there a more simplified process?

In the event that an estate does not include real property and if the total value of their property is less than $150,000, a simplified procedure may be available. With the help of an experienced estate planning attorney, a simplified probate process may be found for you. If you have questions about probate law or find that you may be eligible for a simplified procedure, reach out to our firm today. We are just one call away.

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Working with an experienced estate planning attorney, such as Jaci Feldman of the Woodland Hills, California, Law Offices of Yacoba Ann Feldman, will ensure that you are taken care of when you need it most. Do not delay. Estate planning is a more urgent matter than you may think. You never know what the future holds. Contact The Law Offices of Yacoba Ann Feldman to schedule a consultation today.

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