When a resident and property owner in California dies, and that person owns probate assets in his or her name, that person’s estate maybe required to go through a legal process known as probate. Probate assets are assets that are titled in the deceased individual name rather than a probate avoidance device such as a living trust. Probate is the process for managing these types of assets whether or not the person had a will. A Personal Representative is the individual responsible for supervising the administration of the estate through the probate court. In California, if there was a will, and a personal representative was named in the will, that person is referred to as an “executor.” However, if there was no will, or if the will does not name someone, the court will appoint a personal representative, referred to as the “administrator.”
Topics covered in this free report include:
- The Purpose of Probate Process
- Who can serve as a Personal Representative in California?
- What are the Duties of the Personal Representative?
- How long does the probate process take?
- Should a Personal Representative Hire an Attorney?
- Do Personal Representatives get paid?