Who are the Interested Parties? And what does that even mean?
First, when starting a probate of your loved one, you will likely keep coming across the phrase “interested parties.” After asking yourself what a probate is, next you should figure out who are the interested parties. An interested party is someone entitled to receive notice about certain probate or estate proceedings. Before you can take certain actions, you may need some or all of the interested parties to give consent. If you are the personal representative in a probate, it is important for you to identify the interested persons to the estate as early in the process as possible.
After starting probate, one of your next steps is to decide who are the interested parties. An experienced probate attorney can help you with this process.
The California Probate Code says interested parties are any of the following people:
- A person who has a property right in, or claim against, either a trust estate or probate estate.
- A person who has priority, as defined by the California Probate Code, to be the personal representative of the estate.
- Any fiduciary who is representing an interested person.
According to the California Probate Code, some examples of people who might be interested parties include:
So, it is important to realize that under the terms of the Probate Code, the meaning of “interested parties” can vary. It will depend on the particular type of proceeding. So, correctly identifying the interested parties is very important in a successful probate process. Our free guide, The Insider’s Guide to California Probate and Trust Administration, offers additional helpful information about the estate administration process.
In order to learn more about identifying interested parties and properly following probate procedures, contact an experienced San Diego probate court attorney today. Contact us today to schedule your free 30-minute phone consultation or call us at (888) 443-6590.
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