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By: Scott Grossman on April 5th, 2018

Creditors Claim: How to invoke the procedure to limit and eventually stop creditors from filing new claims

For a California trustee, the process of invoking the creditors claim procedure in trust administration works as follows:

  • A notice to creditors on the decedent’s behalf is published in a local newspaper.
  • Proof of the publication is filed with the court.
  • Additionally, creditors are given 4 months from the date of newspaper publication to file claims.
  • For known creditors, notice is directly mailed.
  • Also, creditors receiving mailed notice are given 60 days to file claims.
  • Furthermore, creditors must file a claim with the estate before suing.
  • The trustee has 30 days from the filing of a claim to approve, deny, or approve or deny in part.
  • The trustee must take action on the claim by the end of 30 days. If not, the creditor can view this as denial and sue.

Probate has a mandatory four-month creditors claim period.

This means that, if an estate has undergone California probate, a second creditors claim procedure cannot be invoked. If you are a trustee who wants to put a stop to surprise claims from creditors during the California trust administration, we might be able to help.


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