California Intestate Succession

California Intestate Succession

If a person dies without having a valid Will, their estate will be distributed to their heirs under California intesate laws. This means that the property you worked hard for during your lifetime may end up in the hands of family members that you did not want. On the other hand, assets held in a living trust will be given to beneficiaries identified in the trust. However, if there are any assets that are not in the name of the trust, they will be distributed according to the terms in a pour-over will or back up will. If there is no will covering these non-trust assets, they, unfortunately, will be distributed according to California intestate succession laws to the decedent’s closest surviving relatives. This article will show you exactly who is entitled to receive an estate under California intestate succession laws.

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By |2018-05-08T14:49:19+00:00April 18th, 2018|

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Sandra M. McCarthy, founder of ProbatebyME.com / A People’s Choice Inc., has worked exclusively in the legal field since 1976. She served as the 2004-2005 President of CALDA (California Association of Legal Document Assistants). She obtained a Paralegal Certificate from the University of California, Santa Barbara. During her career in the legal field, she has worked as a freelance paralegal, law office manager and paralegal studies teacher, and has co-authored numerous legal publications and written hundreds of self-help legal articles. As a registered Legal Document Assistant, Sandy is dedicated to providing affordable, low-cost, self-help document preparation services for California consumers in all 58 counties.
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