a friend of mine had a grandmother who passed away with no will about a year ago. Her grandmother had only left a small 2 bed 1 bath house that was in bad condition. she was told by ther court that the house would have to go through probate. But since she has no support from her family she doesnt want to deal with all the expenses of the probate process and has decided to do nothing. i heard about the "order determining succession to real property" valued at $150,000 or less. the house her grandmother left in the condition it is in is not worth more than $60,000. So what is the procedure that she can follow?
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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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.
Estate Planning Attorney
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.