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How do I use the California small estate affidavit to get a Nevada vehicle title transferred from my deceased mother to me?

Desert Hot Springs, CA |

My deceased mother's estate qualifies for the small estate affidavit procedure in California. However the vehicle is titled in Nevada. The Nevada DMV will not accept the affidavit for a transfer of title to me without a California Probate Court order.

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After the court approves the affidavit petition, have the court sign an order approving the transfer of all assets under the affidavit petition.

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Ask the Nevada DMV what their small estate procedure is (they likely have a form) and use their process instead of CA's process. You should not need to go to probate court if that is the only asset in the estate.

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You also might try re-posting this with a Nevada location.

A small ancillary probate may be necessary, but try re-posting and calling the Nevada DMV.

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