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Ways to Fast-Track Probate Proceedings

Scott Grossman

Scott Grossman

Attorney

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

Are you wondering how to make the probate process move quicker? In California, the probate administration process can take a great deal of time. The longer it takes, the more expenses tend to accrue and the more time the assets are tied up. Fortunately, there are methods for speeding up this process that can help an executor minimize the amount of time spent carrying out the probate administration.

3 Ways to Make the Probate Process Move Quicker:

If you are in charge of administering an estate, the following are three tips for shortening the length of a probate administration:

  • First, consider using a spousal property petition. When assets are inherited by the surviving spouse of a decedent, these assets can often be transferred with a streamlined Spousal Property Petition. The petition is submitted to the probate court for approval. If approval is granted, the process for transferring the assets is much simpler and faster than a traditional probate proceeding.
  • Furthermore, use a simple affidavit to claim property. In California, people inheriting property can avoid probate if the value of all of the assets combined is below a certain amount. A simple affidavit is completed that states the person is entitled to a certain asset and is signed under oath. The affidavit is given to the person or institution holding the property along with a copy of the death certificate. The asset is then released to the beneficiary.
  • Lastly, take advantage of simplified probate procedures. Smaller estates are able to utilize a simplified probate process in California. The executor of the estate must file a written request with the court in order to make use of this procedure. The court can then choose to authorize the distribution of the assets without requiring the executor to carry out many of the other tasks associated with a large probate administration.

To conclude, we know that probate may seem like an overwhelming process for many executors. Fortunately, we are here to help. We encourage you to contact us today at (888) 443-6590 for a free consultation or through our quick and easy online form. It would be our pleasure to further assist you.

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