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Teresa Arana
Teresa Arana
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Bellflower, CA 90706

562-569-1499
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Probate Timeline

The California Probate Timeline

The following is an outline of what and when things will happen in the usual probate situation.

  • File the “Probate Petition” at the courthouse (1st to 2nd month)
  • Notice of the first court hearing date published in the newspaper of general circulation in the decedent’s resident city and notice mailed to all heirs and named beneficiaries (1st to 2nd month)
  • First court hearing date is held (2nd to 3rd month)
  • Issued Bond — if ordered by the judge (2nd to 3rd month)
  • “Letters” & “Order” appointing the Personal Representative are issued (2nd to 3rd month)
  • Personal Representative gathers all assets and inventories for safe keeping (0 to 3rd month)
  • “Notice to Creditors” form sent to all reasonably known creditors (2nd to 4th month)
  • Real estate properties are sold if necessary (3rd to 4th month if Full Authority is granted under the IAEA)
  • “Inventory & Appraisal” form filed with the court (4th to 6th month)
  • “Change in Ownership Statement Death of Real Property Owner” Form filed with the County Recorder (4th to 6th)
  • “Claim for Reassessment Exclusion for Transfer between Parent and Child” Form filed with the County Recorder (4th to 6th)
  • Debts are paid (4th to 6th)
  • Taxes paid (6th to 12th month)
  • Petition for Final Distribution is filed (8thto 12th month)
  • Second court hearing date (9th to 12thmonth)
  • Order signed by the judge allowing distribution to heirs (9th to 12th month)
  • Final Distribution to heirs/beneficiaries (9th to 12th month)
  • Case closed (10th to 12th month)

the information provided here was provided by Paul Horne Attorney at Law



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