Three Types of People Who Are Interested Parties to a Probate
Who are the Interested Parties? And what does that even mean?
First, when starting probate of your loved one, you will likely keep coming across the phrase “interested parties.” After asking yourself what 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 probate, you need to identify the interested persons to the estate as early in the process as possible.
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:
- An heir
- A devisee
- A child
- A spouse
- A creditor
- A beneficiary
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.
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