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Guiding families through the probate process.

Probate Administration

Facing the death of a loved one is never easy and having to go through the probate process can make it overwhelming. We are committed to making the process as smooth as possible.

What is Probate?

Probate is the court supervised process of identifying and gathering the decedent's assets; paying taxes, expenses, and debts; and distributing the remaining assets according to the decedent's wishes as set forth in the will.  When a person dies without a will, the family must still go through the probate process. This is known as dying intestate and the distribution of assets is determined by the California laws of intestate succession.

How do we help?

We assist executors, administrators, and personal representatives in their duties, including:

  • Accounting the estate's inventory

  • Maintaining estate assets

  • Selling or transferring estate property, as necessary

  • Resolving remaining debt

  • Filing estate taxes

  • Distributing assets to heirs and beneficiaries

Does every estate have to go through Probate?

In estates where the total value of the assets is less than $166,250, certain affidavits or summary proceedings may allow for the transfer of property. The size of the estate, the relationship of the decedent to the beneficiary, and the character and/or title of the property generally determine the procedure applied to any given situation.

Step 1

(Approximately 1-3 months)

  • Open probate

  • Publish notice

  • Attend court hearing

Step 2

(Approximately 4-6 months)

  • Gather assets

  • Give notice to creditors

  • File Inventory and Appraisal

  • Pay creditors and taxes

Step 3

(Approximately 1-3 months)

  • Prepare and file accounting

  • Obtain court approval

  • Attend court hearing

  • Distribute assets

Call Today For A Consultation

Law Office of Jennifer L. Newkirk

2531 Forest Avenue, Suite 100
Chico, CA 95928

Phone (530) 213-1375

Serving Chico, Oroville, Paradise, and surrounding communities

Steps of the Probate Process