How to Probate an Estate in California / Edition 22

How to Probate an Estate in California / Edition 22

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by Julia Nissley
     
 

Handle the California probate process, from deciphering a will to tackling taxes

If you need to wrap up the affairs of a deceased family member or friend in California, you may find yourself wading through the process of probate. But did you know? You can save big on attorney fees by handling the probate process yourself.

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Handle the California probate process, from deciphering a will to tackling taxes

If you need to wrap up the affairs of a deceased family member or friend in California, you may find yourself wading through the process of probate. But did you know? You can save big on attorney fees by handling the probate process yourself.

How to Probate an Estate in California is the only book that provides all the forms, tips and step-by-step instructions you’ll need to settle a loved one's estate — all written in plain English. You may even be able to handle the whole process by mail without setting foot in the courthouse!

With this easy-to-read guide, you'll learn how to:

. read a will
. determine who inherits property if there is no will
. handle probate paperwork
. collect life insurance and other benefits
. transfer community property to a surviving spouse or domestic partner
. pay bills and taxes
. distribute property left through trusts

Even if you hire a lawyer to do the probate paperwork, this book demystifies the the process so that you can make informed decisions and communicate intelligently with the attorney about the estate — and save cash in the process. Why spend over $13,000 on a lawyer to probate a $500,000 estate, when you can do almost all of it on your own?

This edition contains important legal and tax updates, as well as newly updated probate forms.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781413318296
Publisher:
NOLO
Publication date:
03/29/2013
Edition description:
Twenty second Edition
Pages:
472
Sales rank:
192,576
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.80(d)

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Table of Contents

Your Legal Companion for Probate

  1. An Overview
  2. First Steps in Settling an Estate
  3. Who Are the Heirs and Beneficiaries?
  4. What Is the Decedent’s Estate?
  5. Preparing a Schedule of the Assets and Debts
  6. How to Identify the Best Transfer Procedure
  7. What About Taxes?
  8. Transferring Title to Real Property
  9. How to Transfer Securities
  10. Joint Tenancy Property
  11. Transferring Small Estates Under $100,000
  12. How to Transfer Trust Property and Property Subject to Life Estates
  13. An Overview of the Probate Court Process
  14. Conducting a Simple Probate Court Proceeding
  15. Handling Property That Passes Outright to the
  16. Surviving Spouse or Domestic Partner
  17. If You Need Expert Help
G. Glossary

Appendixes
A. California Probate Code §§ 13100–13106
B. Judicial Council Forms
C. Non-Judicial-Council Forms
Index

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