My roommate’s mother passed away a couple months ago. He and his brother are her only surviving family, but they are estranged due to my roommate coming out as a gay man. He believes that she had no will. When my roommate went home for the funeral, he discovered his mother’s home had been... Read more »
After a person passes away in California, depending on the value of the estate, the executor of his/her estate may need to probate the will with the local court. To start probate, an estate representative (usually the executor) files a Petition for probate of will with the local superior court in...Read more »
You have provided insufficient information to allow me to answer your question. I suggest you contact an attorney in your area and ask for a free consultation. Make sure you take a full chronology of your story, stating what happened, when, who was involved, and identify all witnesses, both good...Read more »
Its impossible to answer that question without knowing more about what happened. Is it a settlement with your own insurer or a third party? Is there any way you can claim that you were fraudulently induced to sign the agreement? Was there a mutual mistake of fact that caused you to sign the...Read more »
decedent passed away and his personal property was stolen and sold at yard sales. including his vehicles. can the decedents owners manuals be used as ownership proof for the stolen items? there are declarations from people that lived in the same household as the decedent that have filed with the... Read more »
Per Probate Code section 859, if items of personal property were stolen from the estate, then the person shall be liable for twice the value of the property recovered by an action under section 859. The evidence code details many different types of evidence, and documentary evidence such as owners...Read more »
Hello, my sister was my moms conservator but she fell ill and I guess when they couldn’t get it touch with her and claim they had no way to contact me so they appointed a public guardian. Now my mothers in the hospital I’m unable to make certain decisions i Need to find out how to file to... Read more »
I'm very sorry to hear about your mom's situation and your sister falling ill. The official California Courts website is a good place to start the conservatorship process. A link to the self-help conservatorship web page is as follows:...Read more »
If a parent dies without a Will, then the probate process which is supervised by the court may be necessary to settle the estate. This is especially true if the parent-owned real estate. I would consult with a local attorney so that the assets and debts can be inventoried. From there, you can...Read more »
Are you preparing to fax file? If so, most courts require a special fax cover sheet that identifies the documents being filed and the amount pages. Unfortunately, the San Bernadino court website doesn't provide such a form. I would call the probate clerk and ask.
Oftentimes with cash and stock accounts, the account holder lists the beneficiary through "pay on death" paperwork held by the financial institution. If no beneficiaries are listed, then an Affidavit per California Probate Code section 13100 should work if the assets are below the...Read more »
My husband just passed away. Our house is held as community property with right of survivorship. I am the sole beneficiary of his retirement accounts and bank accounts. His will left 10% to my daughter. Do I need a probate ? Can I settle the 10% of the estate to my daughter without the probation?... Read more »
Community property with right of survivorship passes automatically to the surviving spouse without probate but you’ll need to record an affidavit of death with the county recorder’s office to perfect your sole ownership of the property. Any joint ownership of bank accounts held with your...Read more »
I'm sorry to hear about your husband's passing. There is no need to petition the court for probate of a particular asset and have it transferred to you by order of the probate court unless there is no other legal way to transfer the asset to you. It's also a good idea to do some...Read more »
The procedure for obtaining a proper citation is detailed in Probate Code sections 1240-1242. The consequence for violating a court order includes a bench warrant to secure the appearance of the person properly cited. PC 1240-1242 reads as follows:
You can place a lien on the respondent's real estate by recording a certified copy of the Abstract of Judgment at the County Recorder's Office where the respondent owns property. I also recommend speaking with a seasoned collections attorney who can spell out a variety of other...Read more »
respondents stole all estate items claiming that the decedent was their step father. They were found to have no standing to contest the will because the decedent was not their step father. he did not adopt them nor raise them. they sold vehicles and all his tangible items. and have pocketed the... Read more »
Probate Code section 859 provides that an estate thief “shall be liable for twice the value of the property recovered,” and may also be liable for legal expenses incurred to recover the property, if you can prove the wrongdoer took the asset in bad faith, through undue influence, or through...Read more »
estranged disinherited son filed petition to revoke probate of will 13 months after the will was probated. he did not contest before the will was accepted into probate. he has not petition to have executor removed. and since he hasnt been in the decedents life in over 35 years he has no way of... Read more »
It is difficult to predict the outcome of a motion to dismiss, however, you can and should certainly object to the petition for revocation by lodging objections to the petition as detailed in Probate Code section 8271.
I'm sorry to hear about your mom's passing. The purpose of a probate bond in California probate is to protect the estate in case the value of the estate declines as a result of the personal representative's mismanagement or misconduct. If that is the case, then the bond will be...Read more »
No. The executor who has been granted full authority under the Independent Administration of Estates Act (IAEA) allows the personal representative to sell real property, exchange real property, grant an option to purchase real property, or borrow money with a loan secured by real property at his...Read more »
Not necessarily. The Court will want to judge the credibility of the witnesses and will want to hear from them. There are many reasons a signature may not match a previous handwriting sample such as when an aging person is laboring to sign a document.
my 2 granddaughters 2yrs & 10 months have endured violent behavior from their parents, they have lived with me since their birth with my son and their mom, but in Feb. 2021 they moved out, but brought the girls back to stay with me for 2 1/2 months without their parents. I was very concerned... Read more »
I'm sorry to hear about the situation. The court process can be intimidating if you haven't been through it. The Court Investigator should speak with you prior to the court hearing and prepare a report for the court prior to the hearing. Oftentimes, the court depends heavily on the...Read more »
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