Finding your loved one’s will is a vital first step in the process of administering an estate in California. Fortunately, since anyone holding a will is required to file it with the probate court within 30 days of the passing of the deceased, you may be able to locate the will by searching on the San Diego Superior Court website.
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It is generally not possible to access the San Diego will of a person who has not yet passed away. Once they have passed, it becomes part of the public record.
For those who have never been involved in handling the affairs of a friend or loved one, the concept of what is involved in this process can be overwhelming. Often, individuals are not certain what it means to be appointed an executor, administrator, or trustee.
A long-time California friend I took care of has passed away. How do I find out if I am a beneficiary in his will?
People listed as beneficiaries who are not members of the family of the deceased will usually be informed by the California probate court. However, this only applies if the will has been filed with the court upon death, which is the case if the assets have to go through probate.
A will is a legal document which is also called a Last Will and Testament. It communicates a person’s final wishes, including what happens to their belongings and specifies beneficiaries of their estate.
If you intend to write a will and you’re wondering if you should consult a lawyer or not, click here for more information about when you should consult with an attorney.
Not all of a decedent’s assets will go through the California probate process. If the deceased had no titled or significant assets to his or her name, then the probate process may not even be necessary.