Six Things to Know About Disqualified Beneficiaries in California

In some cases of California estate administration, beneficiaries or executors seek to disqualify beneficiaries from receiving their share of estate. There are several scenarios where a beneficiary would be disqualified. This is outlined in the California probate code. In addition, the following are six facts about disqualified beneficiaries and the estate of a decedent.

Six Facts about disqualified beneficiaries:

  1. The presumption of disqualification doesn’t apply, to an otherwise ineligible beneficiary, if related to the decedent (within a certain degree).
  2. If the transfer is less than $3,000, there is no presumption of invalid transfer even if the beneficiary is disqualified.
  3. The fact that the care custodian of the decedent was paid for their services doesn’t remove presumption of being a disqualified beneficiary.
  4. Similarly, the fact that the care custodian had a pre-existing relationship with the decedent doesn’t remove presumption of being a disqualified beneficiary.
  5. Any disqualified beneficiary under the California probate code is subject to removal by court if appointed successor trustee.
  6. Any person blood related or married to drafter of the will is deemed a disqualified beneficiary.  This includes a domestic partner, cohabitant, or employee of the person who drafted the will or trust in question.

In conclusion, if you want to disqualify a beneficiary, it is vital that you contact an experienced San Diego probate attorney. An attorney well versed in this area of the law makes a difference. For assistance in choosing the right legal professional for your case, click here.

Contact an experienced probate attorney in San Diego today. Call (888) 443-6590 for a free consultation.

Scott Grossman

Scott Grossman


The Grossman Law Firm, APC · 525 B Street, Suite 1500, San Diego, CA 92101 · (951) 523-8307

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