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California probate court update

I wanted to provide a California probate court update as I know it today.  The reality is court schedules are changing daily!  Governor Gavin Newsom issued the stay at home order a week ago.  As you likely know essential work is allowed to continue. As best I can tell different courts are doing things differently. […]

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California probate courts and the Coronavirus

Each day things change but currently several of the probate courts we regularly work in are either fully closed or basically closed.  Counties including Sacramento, San Francisco, Alameda, Solano, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Ventura, Los Angeles, and the list goes on.  Each court is different, each day is different, and all we can do is […]

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The ups and downs of the stock market and the California probate process

If you have the stomach for it the recent ups and downs of the stock market, primarily due to the Coronavirus it seems, are quite amazing to watch.  Up 1,000 one day, down 1,000 the next, up 700, down 600, and on it goes. Heck, yesterday (March 9, 2020) the market was down over 1,000 […]

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Coronavirus Disease 2019 2020 (Covid-19) and California Probate

Coronavirus is all over the news, right!?  You can’t pick up a newspaper or look at your favorite website without seeing something about Coronavirus. I even heard something this morning while listening to ESPN sports radio.  They were talking about all the people wearing face masks in the airport yesterday. The one host, on this […]

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California Probate DIY – what can possibly go wrong?

Let’s be honest some people are just DIYers and some people want it done for them. There is no judgement one way or the other.  My law firm provides extremely competent, full service, legal services. That’s what we do.  Therefore my post is about full service legal services and, in particular, the problems that can […]

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Probate cases and county counsel, county coroner and the public guardian

I was recently contacted, as I have been many times throughout the years, by a family member (often a distant family member) who was contacted by a county employee from some county in California. It could be county counsel, county coroner or the public guardian’s office.  The one this past week was from a new […]

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Hourly v. Statutory Fee in a California Probate

I find myself a little frustrated by a potential new client that has decided not to hire me… at least not at this time. Not everybody hires the best probate attorney and that’s fine. They don’t know what they don’t know. However, YOU know because you are reading this blog. So I got their voice […]

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What is a “document specialist?”

A client contacted me last week and said she needs “an actual deed in her name” so that her “document specialist” could transfer the house to her trust.  I re-sent her a copy of the court order that I recorded after her husband died. I explained that we did a spousal property petition, to transfer […]

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California Lost Property Page

I have reported on this before but a good reminder there are tens of thousands of people who have money being held by the state of California. Go check your name and see if any is there in your name. Here is the link to that California lost property page or is the found money […]

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Common costs in a California probate

After doing approximately 1,500 California probate estates, or “full probates,” I have a pretty good idea what the costs will be… but it’s still an approximation. Today I want to discuss the current costs and what you can expect.  Our probate cost calculator is a good start but remember it’s an approximation. So first thing […]

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