Prepare and file petition for Probate is step #1

First court hearing date is held (this takes place approximately 5 weeks after filing the Probate Petition)

The Sixty Day Mark:

Bond Issued– if ordered by the judge (this is essentially insurance for the estate in the event of mismanagement by the personal representative), “Duties and Liabilities of Personal Representative” is filed with the court.

“Order for Probate” signed by the judge appointing the Personal Representative

(This is approximately 60 days after filing the Probate Petition)

Letters of administration are issued by the court–this is the Golden Ticket, the passport for the personal representative to conduct business on behalf of the estate (this is approximately 60 days after filing the Probate Petition)

Full Authority is treated as a normal sale.

A Limited Authority sale requires court approval and is subject to an overbid process

“Notice to Creditors” form sent to all reasonably known creditors (creditors have 4 months to file their claim with the court)

Real estate properties are sold if necessary (3rd to 4th month after the Probate Petition is filed, if Full Authority is granted under the IAEA}

Litigation of any issues or disputes among heirs/creditors related to the estate.

“Inventory & Appraisal” form filed with the court (4th to 6th month) (appraisal is done by a Probate Referee).

If Limited Authority is granted by the court, then the court Confirmation process is necessary to sell any real estate.

“Change in Ownership Statement Death of Real Property Owner” From filed with the County Recorder (4th to 6th month)

“Claim for Reassessment Exclusion for Transfer between Parent and Child” Form filed with the County Recorder (4th to 6th month)

Debts are paid (4th to 8th month) (e.g., Med-Cal is reimbursed, credit card debt is paid) Taxes paid (6th to 12th month)

Petition for Final Distribution is filed (8th to 12th month)

Second court hearing date (9th to 12th month)

Order signed by the judge allowing distribution to heirs (9th to 12th month)

Final Distribution to heirs/beneficiaries (9th to 12th month)

Case closed (10 to 12th month)

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