My dad died in Atascadero California but the executor of the will lives in Houston Texas so how does that work? Because so far San Luis County hasn't received anything to do with the will or put it in Probate so could it be in Texas
If probate is necessary, it should be filed in the county where he died or where he owned property. A full probate is required if he died owning assets worth $150,000 or more subject to probate (e.g., assets that are not held in joint tenancy and don’t have a pay on death beneficiary).
I doubt an attorney would do a probate pro bono. But attorneys are paid at the end of probate out of the probate assets.
Pay an attorney to write the executor a letter. It shouldn't cost much. If the named executor does not provide a copy of the will and Petition for probate in San Luis Obispo, file your own probate. As Ms. Sonin stated the administrator/executor is paid from the estate at the end of the probate and there is no incentive for an attorney to take a probate case pro bono.
Why Pro Bono? If the estate has any value in it, attorney fees are paid by the estate and not from your pocket. The estate will need to be probated under what is called Intestacy. Hire a probate attorney in the Atascadero area. They can do this for you without you needing to come to CA.
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