7 Basic Steps of the Probate Process

When a loved one dies, the money and property included in their estate need to be distributed to their heirs.  In many cases, the estate must go through the probate process in order for the assets to be properly distributed. The basic probate process requires completion of several steps in order to close probate and make those distributions.  This article will explain the 7 basic steps required in the California probate process. Before the probate process can formally begin, you need a personal representative Before the probate process can begin, it is necessary for the court to appoint someone to oversee the process.  Most wills include a provision that nominates a personal representative to take on that duty.  If the will does not name a personal representative, or if there is no will at all, the court will appoint someone to serve.  The personal representative will take possession of the estate property, carry out the necessary steps and ultimately distribute the property to t


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