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What If There Is An Emergency Before A Personal Representative Is Appointed?

By The Probate Guy |

After someone dies, a probate petition is filed. This Petition asks that a personal representative be formally appointed to act on behalf of the decedent’s estate. After a probate petition is filed, it usually takes four to six weeks for the court to issue Letters that allow an individual to serve as the personal… Read More »

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Can An Estate Executor Resign In California?

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An estate executor is an individual named in a Will to administer a decedent’s estate as directed by the Will. An executor can also be an entity. The job of an estate executor is not an easy one. Being nominated as the executor of a decedent’s estate imposes upon the person or entity a… Read More »

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What Happens If Someone Steals From The Estate?

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When someone dies, they leave behind an estate. An estate is all the assets and money owned by someone, especially at death. After someone passes away, discovering that an individual is stealing from the estate is quite common. An executor can steal from an estate, and so can beneficiaries. When someone steals from a… Read More »

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The Executor Is Not Sharing Information With Beneficiaries: What To Do?

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When someone dies, an executor is appointed to handle their estate and carry out the instructions in the deceased’s Will. Among the many duties of executors is to ensure that beneficiaries have enough information about the decedent’s estate. Problems can arise if the executor of a decedent’s estate fails to keep beneficiaries informed. So,… Read More »

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Do You Know You Have These Responsibilities To Beneficiaries As An Executor?

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If someone recently died and you found out they named you as the executor of their Will, you should know you have a huge responsibility ahead of you. As the executor of a deceased person’s Will, you are obligated to act in the estate’s best interest. The law prohibits you from acting selfishly in… Read More »

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Signs You Need To Hire A Probate Attorney

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In California, the law does not require an executor to hire a probate attorney. In fact, many executors can handle the probate process themselves without the help of a probate attorney. If you’re facing a probate situation, you might be wondering whether you should hire an attorney. Well, depending on various things, it may… Read More »

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Some Crucial Questions To Ask A Probate Attorney Before Hiring Them

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Dealing with the loss of a loved one and going through the probate process can be an overwhelming experience. However, in California, sometimes probate is a necessity. Generally, probate is the legal process where a decedent’s assets are distributed among beneficiaries or heirs. When probate occurs with a Will, the Will determines which beneficiary… Read More »

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Do I Have To Serve As Executor?

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In California, after a person dies and leaves behind a Will, the executor is responsible for administering the deceased person’s estate as directed by the Will. If you recently lost a loved one and found out they named you in their Will as executor, you might feel obligated to accept the responsibility. Many people… Read More »

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Protecting Yourself As A Personal Representative

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When a person dies with a Will in place, the person named in the Will as executor becomes the estate’s personal representative. If there is no Will, or if the person named in the Will as executor refuses to serve as personal representative, it is up to the court to appoint an administrator to… Read More »

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What If You Don’t Probate A Will In California?

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If you have been named the executor of a decedent’s Will, you have a duty to open probate. But what if you don’t probate the Will? If you are the executor of a decedent’s estate who is thinking of not probating the decedent’s Will, you should know that not probating a Will can have… Read More »

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