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Filing for probate when there are a bunch of children

Filing for probate when there are a bunch of children often requires planning and thinking. That is a probate when the decedent had many children can bring pitfalls to the petitioner for probate. This is particularly true when there is no will (i.e. intestate succession) or a poorly drafted will or a will that is […]

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When should you file a final petition in a California Probate case?

When should you file a final petition in a California probate case? By final petition I mean an “accounting” or “report” of the administrator, executor or personal representative. In our office this is typically called a “FIRST AND FINAL REPORT OF PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE ON WAIVER OF ACCOUNTING AND PETITION FOR ITS SETTLEMENT, FOR WAIVER OF […]

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California Court Update – Coronavirus Crisis 2020

I have told you before that OneLegal has great court updates. Here’s their latest. I encourage you to check their website for the latest and certainly reach out to them if you need help with E-filings. Here was there summary of the top changes but again check their website for more info.   -John Palley Top […]

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Filing a Covid probate case in Placer County California

Today I personally filed a Covid probate case here in my home county of Placer county. That is at the Courthouse here in Roseville.   I thought a lot of you would be interested in my filing a Covid probate case in Placer County California. I want to get through the specific details of how a […]

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Small Estates Creditors and Cars – Real Question

I received a question the other day which I modified to protect the identity of the person.  They asked: Hi.  My uncle recently passed with my dad (his brother) as his closest relative and few assets.  His estate qualifies as a “small estate” under California law.  I cannot find any resources about how to treat […]

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CALIFORNIA PROBATE BOOK 2 – CHAPTER 12 – Letters Testamentary

The last chapter I have partially written for my second probate book is below. Remember you can get my first probate book on Amazon or email me for a free PDF. Chapter 12 – Letters Testamentary (and Letters of Administration)   The holy grail of the probate process is the “Letters” document. In California it […]

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CALIFORNIA PROBATE BOOK 2 – CHAPTER 11 – The Four Month Probate Period

Please remember my first probate book is available for sale on Amazon or just email me for a free pdf.  My second one may never get published so am posting each chapter here on my blog. Here’s chapter 11….   Chapter 11 – The Four Month Probate Period   The heart of a California probate […]

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CALIFORNIA PROBATE BOOK 2 – CHAPTER 10 – Calendar Notes in Probate Court

Please remember you can get my first probate book on Amazon. This is from my second probate book which I have determined will never be finished.  I think this is one of my most important chapters and contains stuff I have seen nowhere else on the web!   Chapter 10 – Calendar Notes in Probate […]

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CALIFORNIA PROBATE BOOK 2 – CHAPTER 9 – filing a California probate

Another chapter from the unpublished probate book #2. Remember you can get my first California probate book on Amazon.   Chapter 9 – Filing a California Probate Once you have the documents ready you then have to physically file them in the proper probate court. This is different from county to county so you need […]

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CALIFORNIA PROBATE BOOK 2 – CHAPTER 8 – the main probate forms

The response has been great to my unpublished second California probate book. I might have to publish it after all.  Don’t forget my first book is available on Amazon. Here’s another chapter from book 2: Chapter 8 – The Main Probate Forms Probate is a form driven process. Most forms, in a California probate, are […]

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