How to Probate an Estate in California

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Handle probate yourself―and save time and money

When you’ve lost a loved one, the inevitable legal matters can seem difficult and confusing. But in most cases, probate involves little more than routine paperwork to transfer assets to family members and other beneficiaries.

How to Probate an Estate in California explains, step-by-step, how to wrap up a basic estate. Whether you do it yourself or work with a lawyer, you’ll save money and time.

Find out how to:

  • read and understand a will or trust
  • determine who inherits if there is no will
  • pay bills and taxes
  • complete and file all necessary court paperwork
  • collect life insurance and other death benefits
  • transfer real estate, securities, vehicles, and other assets to heirs and beneficiaries
  • transfer some assets without probate

The completely updated 23rd edition provides the latest laws, tax information, forms, and court procedures.

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This book provides all of the forms, instructions, guidance, and tips you’ll need to probate a simple estate in California. And even if you hire a lawyer to help, this book will show you how to do much of the work yourself.

About the Author:

Julia Nissley was Probate Administrator with the Los Angeles law firm of Silverberg, Rosen, Leon and Behr for many years. She is an honors graduate of the Attorney Assistant Training Program in Probate Administration at the University of California--Los Angeles School of Law, and a member of the California Association of Legal Document Assistants. Julia is a native Californian and enjoys playing tennis and riding trains with her husband, Ron. The author of How to Probate an Estate in California, Julia now operates her own form preparation service under the name Probate Direct, assisting consumers with all kinds of probate paperwork through the mail or in person.

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