What is the procedure for submitting a petition for "order determining succession to real property" in LA county?

afriendofminehadgrandmotherwhopassedawayaboutayearago.Hergrandmotherhadonlyleftasmall2bed1bathhousethatwasinbadcondition.Thecourtsaidthatthepropertywouldhavetogothroughprobate.However,myfrienddoesntwanttostarttheprocessbecauseofthecostsinvolvedandbecauseshehasnosupportfromherfamily.Iheardofthe"orderdeterminingsucccessiontorealproperty"forpropertyvalued$150,000orless.THehousethathergrandmotherleftwasallshehadandintheconditionitisinIknowitsnotworthmorethan$50,000

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Bert Z. Tigerman

Bert Z. Tigerman

Probate Attorney - Los Angeles, CA
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Probate Code Section 13500 and following provide that where there is real property (and any personal property) having a value of less than $150,000 the person who would inherit the property can file a petition to have the court determine that the property can pass to the successor. There are forms available.

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Christine James

Christine James

Probate Attorney - Roseville, CA
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Check the Los Angeles court website under judicial council forms. There will be forms DE-310 and DE-315 you can complete and submit to the court.

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William Richardson Christian

William Richardson Christian

Estate Planning Attorney - Los Angeles, CA
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I believe the correct probate code reference is to section 13150. You should read the provision to assure your friend qualifies. Getting the court order is rather complex, so you may be well served by engaging counsel with experience in the area for assitance.

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