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Probating an Estate without A Will or Trust

Probate is a process carried out after the death of a loved one to distribute his or her estate to family members. Without a will or a trust, the California probate court will appoint an administrator to oversee the probate process for the deceased's estate.

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Understanding Revocable Transfer on Death Deeds in California

California lawmakers passed Assembly Bill 139 (AB 139) in September 2015. Prior to the passage of this law, which went into effect on January 1, 2016, certain homeowners had a more difficult time ensuring their homes would not go through probate after death.

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How to Avoid Probate in California

Probate is a type of court proceeding that can be confusing, expensive and very time-consuming for beneficiaries. After your passing, if you do not have a solid estate plan in place and your assets exceed $166,250, the probate court may decide who will receive your assets.

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Simplified Probate in California for Small Estates

Upon your death or the death of a loved one, certain assets may need to pass through probate, depending on the circumstances. While there are tools that can help you avoid probate, such as a living trust, it is also important to understand that not all estates are required to go through probate.

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5 Reasons You Should Consider Updating Your Estate Plan

It's very important to have an estate plan created and professionally implemented as soon as you can. However, updating your estate plan has been found to be equally as important.

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