Did you know you can request your first probate court hearing be hearing in only 30 days? The California probate code specifically authorizes this at California probate code 8003. Here is the text of that section:
8003. (a) The hearing on the petition shall be set for a day not
less than 15 nor more than 30 days after the petition is filed. At
the request of the petitioner made at the time the petition is filed,
the hearing on the petition shall be set for a day not less than 30
nor more than 45 days after the petition is filed. The court may not
shorten the time for giving the notice of hearing under this section.
(b) The petitioner shall serve and publish notice of the hearing
in the manner prescribed in Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 8100).
In counties like Sacramento the first hearing date might be 3 months out so invoking PC 8003 may be wise. This is certainly something to ask your attorney about because it is not automatic… regardless of what the code section says.
For our clients who are in a special rush we invoke PC 8003 to help them achieve a fast probate… or at least faster probate.
If you are interested in the most efficient probate process possible contact us to discuss your case.