California law does not require a full formal probate process for every estate. For small estates where there are no disputes about who should inherit property from the estate, California probate laws provide for several simplified probate alternatives. If the estate of your recently deceased family member is small enough to qualify to avoid probate, then it is not fair for you to have to pay exorbitant hourly fees to a probate lawyer just to collect your inherited money or to become the official owner of the house your parents owned when they were alive. Most people do not really need the services of a lawyer even if they have to go through full formal probate.
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