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Formal Probate

The By The People™ Probate Package can be used with any size estate and any type of property. The Package can be used in any California probate court in a situation where Letters of Administration are needed to settle the estate of a deceased person who died with or without a will.


Administering the estate of a deceased person usually takes six to nine months.  Tthere is a mandatory 120-day creditor claim period that begins when the Administrator is issued Letters of Administration.  It can also take several months to obtain a hearing depending on the County in which the Petition is filed.

There are many steps to be taken during the process, including publishing the notice of administration in the Legal Notice section of the local newspaper where the decedent died.  

It is the responsibility of the Petitioner to make sure that publication happens in the right newspaper and done in a timely manner.

This is a very important step and must happen before the first hearing.  It can also be very costly and the cost of publication is separate from the amount paid to  By The People™.

There will also be court filing fees that are separate from the amount paid to By The People™.

Small Estates-under $150,000

  • Affidavit for Collection of Personal Property 
  • Spousal or Domestic Partner Property
  • Transfer Package
  • Inventory and Appraisal Package  
  • Transfer of Real Property Valued at $50,000 or        Less Package
  • Transfer of Real Property Valued at $150,000         or Less Package 

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