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Games of Thrones and California Probate

Ok, I admit it I just wanted to put “Game of Thrones” in my blog to see a spike in readership. I am sorry. It’s like the old days when we talked about Star Wars. Here’s the strange thing though, and this has absolutely nothing to do with California probate law, I have never watched […]

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Filing the Original Will with a California probate court

I spoke recently to a potential new client who lives in the great state of Texas. Her daughter died here in California, with assets exceeding $150,000, and thus she needs to start a probate. This is the type of case I specialize in. I deal with dozens of such cases each year where my client […]

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Can I change the locks on my mom’s house?

Dealing with well over 1,000 probate cases in my 25 years as a probate attorney I have been asked “Can I change the locks on [mom/dad/grandma/grandpa/etc] house now that they are dead?” The stories are different, and though often unlawfully, there are people in living in mom’s house. This may be a squatter, this may […]

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Co-Administrators in Probate – another problem

I am often asked by prospective probate clients if they can serve as co-administrators or co-executors or co-personal representatives. For all practical purposes those three things are the same but the key is the word “CO.”  Co as in two or joint or together. That is usually two siblings want to work together so they […]

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Mailing list removal for deceased

We lost my mom back in March of 2016 and I still get a lot of mail for her. My favorite is from AAA which says, on the envelope “WE WANT YOU BACK.” We get a chuckle, though a sad one, each time we receive that junk mail.  The mail continues.  Macy’s loves to send […]

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Spousal Property Petition (SPP) v. Full Probate

I recently discussed a case with a potential new client. The facts are similar to other cases I have seen before and I thought it might be helpful for you, my loyal readers to hear of such a case. I have simplified a few of the facts and modified so this is similar but not […]

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Long continuance in this California probate Court

Today is September 27, 2018.  I had a hearing on a petition captioned as: PETITION FOR TERMINATION OF PROCEEDINGS AND DISCHARGE OF PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE This was filed under California probate code section 12251. This essentially was a probate that turned out to not be required. It was originally filed a couple years back as the […]

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Sacramento Magazine – article August 2018 issue

Sacramento Magazine was kind enough to interview me in their August 2018 issue. The issue includes the area’s top lawyers, which I am listed, and interviews me for the article in the estate and probate area. Check it out here at Sacmag.com.

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Free California Probate Book

Back in 2016 I wrote my first book on the California probate process.  It is called How to Live and Die with the California Probate: a Layperson’s Guide to the California Probate Process. I have put a link below if you want to buy it. If you want a FREE copy just send me an […]

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How long should a California probate take?

A lot of people who google the question “how long should a California probate take” probably are either: 1) contemplating hiring a lawyer who says it will take a year or more; or 2) in the midst of a probate with a lawyer who is taking a year or more. I have personally completed over […]

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