When do you need to probate the assets of a decedent? First of all, let’s make sure we know what “probate” means–it sounds like a medical condition. But in fact it is simply a court process where a decedent’s assets are taken over by an appointed “personal representative”, the last debts and bills of the
Self-Guided Tour Through the California Probate Process: Can you handle a probate on your own?
The probate process is probably one of the most archaic procedures we still have in our legal system. Probate simply means to prove-up a Will—it’s the process where a Will is determined to be valid by the Court, it is then “admitted” to probate (as we say), an Executor is appointed and the administration of…
Starting the California Probate Process
In an earlier post we described what probate is and that it only applies to assets titled in the name of the decedent at the time of her death. Now we want to discuss how to start the probate process (it’s just a court process after all).
Handling a California probate can be summed up…