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How long should it take in CA to file as administrator of a probate on an estate for a decedent with no will?

Riverside, CA |
Filed under: Probate Probate court

So far it has been three months since the probate attorney was hired and there has been no filing. The assets have been detailed and valued. There are several checks that need to be deposited into an estate account. They are going to be stale dated if the filing is not completed soon.

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  1. It should only take a few days to file the petition for a hearing, but you do need to gather all of the necessary information to complete and sign the Petition for Probate and related forms. Sometimes there are necessary delays in locating all of the information needed for the Petition for Probate and locating the necessary persons who need to be served Notice of the Hearing for the Petition for Probate. The real delay is the time from filing the Petition for Probate and obtaining a hearing date. Each county differs as to how far out hearing dates are. Sometimes hearings can be as far out as 12 weeks. If there is a real urgent need for action on behalf of the estate, you should consider filing for Special Administration.


  2. You mean there has been no petition for probate filed? It is a very simple 4 page document. Who is the proposed administrator? Whos is the closest next of kin? In CA if there is no will then priority igoes to the closest next of kin ie sppuse, children grandchildren The one with the priority should harire an attonrey and filee the petition If not then any interested person can file the petition for probate


  3. I agree with my colleagues. This is not something that should take long at all. Because your summary indicates that you have an attorney, your attorney is the property person to address these questions to. I would highlight the issue with the checks and try to determine if there is anything holding this up.

    James Frederick

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  4. Losing a loved one is a sad and difficult time for family, relatives, and friends. In addition, those left behind must often figure out how to transfer or inherit property from the person who has died.

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