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Category Archives: Probate

An Elderly Man Signing His Will

What is Probate of a Will?

Navigating through the intricacies of probate law can often feel overwhelming, especially during the emotional time following the loss of a loved one. This blog aims to demystify the process of probating a will, making it understandable for anyone with ... Read More
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How Much Does Probate Cost in California?

When a loved one passes away, navigating the probate process in California can be a daunting task. Understanding the costs involved is crucial for preparing both emotionally and financially. This blog aims to shed light on how much probate costs ... Read More
A formal last will and testament

What Happens If You Don’t File Probate in California?

In the aftermath of a loved one’s passing, dealing with legal matters can seem daunting. One crucial step often faced is the probate process, especially in California where probate law plays a significant role in how a deceased person’s estate ... Read More
Sophisticated couple meeting with estate planning attorney to discuss California probate laws

When Is Probate Not Required in California?

When you pass away, it’s reassuring to know that your affairs will be in order. One way to manage your assets – and reduce the stress on your loved ones – is by avoiding probate. Can you truly avoid probate, ... Read More
A gavel on a book marked Probate Law

Can Property be Transferred Without Probate?

Dealing with the transfer of property after the death of a loved one is a significant concern for many families. In California, the probate process is often perceived as long and costly, leading many to wonder: can property be transferred ... Read More
Can You Sell A House In Probate

Can You Sell a House in Probate?

The short answer? Yes! However, the process may be more complex than one would think. If you wish to buy or sell property involved in a probate proceeding, there are some additional factors to consider that are not involved in ... Read More
What Assets Are Subject To Probate In California

What Assets Are Subject to Probate in California?

Assets that must go through probate are only transferred to an heir under the supervision of the court. By operation of the law, the proceeds from life insurance policies, bank accounts with payable-on-death designations, certain retirement accounts, and certain forms ... Read More
What Does A Probate Bond Do

What Does a Probate Bond Do?

A person who acts in a manner that prioritizes the welfare of another, in this example the beneficiaries of an estate, over their personal interests is known as a fiduciary. In the state of California, a probate bond is often obligatory ... Read More

What All Goes Into Your Probate Estate?

As you continue to accumulate wealth throughout your life in California, a big part of your estate planning activities likely will center around the issue of which of your assets will wind up in your probate estate and which will ... Read More

Do You Know Where To Open Probate For Your Loved One’s Estate?

After the death of a loved one, you may have the responsibility of handling his or her final affairs. Whether the person named you as executor before passing or you accepted the role more recently, you will have a number ... Read More