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This book explains the probate field for paralegals and describes in detail the procedures involved in informal probate of an estate from start to finish including: accounting, closing an estate, and making sales of real property. The printed Judicial Council forms are included, as well as typewritten forms needed for alternative procedures. It also describes the preparation of federal estate tax return and the completion of the main schedules, practical tips, and gift taxes. It also covers intestate estates, preparation of wills, and estate planning in general terms.
Preface. The Paralegal in Probate. The Personal Representative. Probate Ethics and Practice. Formal Probate Proceedings. Inventory and Appraisement. Accounting and Closing the Estate. Sales of Real and Personal Property. Federal and State Income Tax and California Pick-up Tax. Federal Estate Taxation. Gift Taxes. Disposition of Estates Without Administration. Wills, Intestate Succession, Escheats and Unclaimed Property. Estate Planning. Trust Administration. Revocable Trusts. Appendices-Vocabulary-Probate. Judicial Council Probate Forms. List of Forms in Text. Probate Forms. Table of Cases. Table of Forms. Index.