The Probate Process in California

Probate Process in California

How does a decedent’s estate get administered after someone dies? First, the probate process in California cannot be started until after someone has died.  Although full probate can be filed immediately, the smaller estate alternative proceedings require waiting from 40 days to 6 months before the heirs can file the proceedings. In this regard, depending on how large or small the estate is, probating a more modest estate can be relatively quick and straightforward. On the other hand, probating larger estates is a more lengthy and complicated process. This article explains what you need to know to begin the probate process in California.

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Sandra M. McCarthy, founder of / 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.