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How to Avoid Probate in California

If a person dies intestate (death w/o a will), it must go through Probate where the court determines the disposition of the deceased person's estate. Generally, this means significant amount of time and taxes will need to be spent toward resolution.

The top 3 ways to avoid Probate in California are:

  1. Draft a living trust

  2. Designate beneficiaries

  3. Hold property jointly

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How Much Does Probate Cost?

According to online law resource LegalZoom, Probate costs depend on the size of the estate but they generally run between 3% and 7% of the estate's value. Keep in mind the estate pays most fees, and n

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