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 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 The 21st edition contains important legal and tax updates, as well as newly updated probate forms Nolo has dozens of products created just for California residents....
|Title||:||How to Probate an Estate in California|
|Publisher||:||NOLO 21 edition April 12, 2011|
|Number of Pages||:||480 pages|
|File Size||:||887 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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How to Probate an Estate in California Reviews
A life saver!! It seems that nowadays there are NO lawyers willing to help you if you do not have a will and need to go to Probate...unless you have property and/or estate with a value of $500,000.00 +. So this is THE BOOK that you will need. You have to read this book. This is the book that will walk you through it, step by step. Make sure you have a notebook, and a highliter as you read. In the back there are the necessary forms that you will need to complete and this wonderful book even walks you through filling those forms out for the most part.
Great book, very helpful to get through a difficult time. Some counties do handle things differently, so it is not one size fits all.
The book "How to Probate an Estate in California" by Julia Nissley is a comprehensive explanation on the proper methods to utilize to settle both simple and complex estates. Because I found it informative and well organized, it is an excellent reference source. With reference books, along with a comprehensive table of contents, the index section is very important to me. It was in the reference section, I was able to immediately go to the section of the book relating to Ex-Parte filings. Trying to understand Ex-Parte procedures is the initial reason for me to buy the book. But there is so much more information on how an estate should be properly probated through the courts. If you need information about the California Probate process, I highly recommend this book. The book is far less expensive than the hourly rate an attorney would charge to explain the California probate process.
After my mother passed away and I was named executor, I discovered something: California's probate system is a massive, elaborate joke designed to make lawyers rich. It's incomprehensible how convoluted the process is, and how absolutely ZERO help is available. (The court clerks I turned to answered every question with this: "I can't tell you! I'm not a judge!" And, of course, it's not like you can contact a judge.) Imagine trying to file the tax returns for Microsoft without any training or instructions: that's just a hint of what you're in for here.
I volunteered to do the probate process for my mother's estate. This book was absolutely essential. It gives clear, step-by-step instructions on each part of the probate process. However, do-it-yourself probate is not for the faint of heart. This is a major undertaking even with such an outstanding resource book. Be prepared to spend MANY, MANY hours. But, you will save buckets of money. I had the advantage of agreeable siblings and no conflicts over who got what or how much. Thank you, thank you, thank you Nolo Press.
For someone that knows NOTHING about probate, this book was a tremendous help at a time when I had beyond enough tragedy and drama in my life. I'm younger than 40 and was dealing with the after affects of losing someone who didn't have a living trust or will, so I was forced to learn about the process. The people at the courthouses are ridiculous and worthless for help and any resources they recommend are just as bad or want tons of money for things that you can find in this book. this book is worth every penny and then some. the forms are awesome and explanations are easy to understand or easy enough to get you started in the right direction. If you are at all considering going at this on your own, this is the book to guide you. Good luck!
When you probate an estate yourself, you're your own lawyer. Fortunately Nissley, et al, and the State of California have made this possible for typical small family estates. Working through our own actual situation, with the help of this book, provided a much-needed education about what to do and what not to do in planning my own estate matters. What the book doesn't address is the difficulty the Executor or representative faces in managing through the attitudes, complaints and opinions of the others affected by the death of a loved one.