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How to Probate an Estate in California (How to Probate An Estate. California Edition, 11th ed) 11th Edition

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This book was easy to follow and saved me thousands of dollars. -- F.B., Long Beach, CA --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Julia Nissley was Probate Administrator with the Los Angeles law firm of Silverberg, Rosen, Leon & Behr for many years. She is an honors graduate of the Attorney Assistant Training Program in Probate Administration at the University of California Los Angeles School of Law, and a member of the UCLA Attorney Assistant Alumni Association and the Los Angeles Paralegals Association. Julia is a native Californian and enjoys playing tennis and riding trains with her husband, Ron. Author of How to Probate an Estate, Julia now operates her own probate typing service for all California counties, handling all kinds of probate paperwork through the mail or in person. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: How to Probate An Estate. California Edition, 11th ed
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Nolo; 11th edition (December 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873375610
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873375610
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 8.8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,765,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By mike on March 26, 2004
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As a layman with no legal experience whatsoever, I acted as executor and recently concluded probate... from another state entirely, without ever having set foot in California! All of the court-related matters were handled through the mail/fax thanks to the indispensable guidance of this book.
Even if you're not acting as executor (or can't decide if you should), any party to probate should consider this book a "must-have". It is written for an executor but there is so much information on the 'mysterious' court procedures, anyone involved in a CA probate would be well-served by purchasing this book if for nothing other than to know "what is probate?" and "what is going on?"
As executor, it's easy enough to find the forms on California court sites, and some (sites) have sketchy details to assist in filling them out (the court probate examiner informed me the most common cause of delays in an individual probate case is due to improperly filled out forms). But even this relatively simple step requires you have an understanding of how the civil court system works; something I am fairly certain too few people have (myself included). Not only does this book familiarize you with the court system and its procedures (a rewarding learning experience in its own right), as well as gameplan the (typical) entire probate process but shows in explicit detail how to fill out every line of every form you'll most likely need.
None of this is to say probate is easy - I have not found mine to be and the estate was relatively simple. DIY probate is a lot of (detail/organizational) work. But I believe a large amount of the work involved for the first-time DIYer is due to unfamiliarity with the law, court procedures and its paperwork.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 14, 2000
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Nolo Press, the publisher, has hits and misses. This book is a direct hit, surpassing any and all other books of its kind. It allows for an overview, but also provides substantial detail, providing copious forms and examples for illustration and assistance. The book is addressed to the market in California, and all the forms and Probate Code citations relate to California, but even residents of other States will find a wealth of information and suggestions to consider. The book may seem pricey compared to others of its kind, but the others are a waste of money set next this resource. If you're going to be involved in the administration of an estate, and intend to do your best, let this great guide help you do it.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Eric Tilenius on May 21, 2001
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I ordered several books on estates and what to do after someone passes away; after reviewing all of them, this is THE book I really used. It was the most complete, helpful, and accessible book on the topic. Also, note that it does NOT just deal with Probate -- my situation did not involve probate (fortuntaely!), but I still found this book invaluable in helping me know what to do about all the various matters after my mother passed away. I highly recommend this book.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Roman Hans on January 1, 2007
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After my mother passed away and I was named executor, I discovered something: California's probate system is a massive, elaborate joke designed to make lawyers rich. It's incomprehensible how convoluted the process is, and how absolutely ZERO help is available. (The court clerks I turned to answered every question with this: "I can't tell you! I'm not a judge!" And, of course, it's not like you can contact a judge.) Imagine trying to file the tax returns for Microsoft without any training or instructions: that's just a hint of what you're in for here.

Armed with this book, though, I got through the process. And -- against all odds, and despite the ridiculous restrictions and obfuscations this laughable legal system imposes on people WHOSE PARENTS JUST DIED -- I got all the way through probate, saving something like $10,000 in legal fees.

So, if your estate doesn't have much money -- or the legal system just bugs the heck out of you, and you refuse to fling hard-earned money at those charlatans -- get this book and thank your lucky stars it exists.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 14, 1999
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Julia Nissley's book has held my hand for a year! Even though it does not claim to be of assistance in complicated estates, it has been my sole helper throughout distributing my husband's. I can't tell you what a feeling of satisfaction it has brought me to be able to save thousands of dollars for his heirs, wade through the complex legal establishment, and carry out his wishes personally, rather than delegate it to a stranger. I would not have had the confidence to do so without the clear, step by step and good-humored instructions in this book. What a service! Having this physical process in my hands has complemented the emotional and spiritual aspects of letting go of someone I love; it has given me a great sense of wholeness and completion. Thank you!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By History Teach on March 3, 2007
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If you can only purchase one book on probate in California, this book should be your first stop. I am in the process of probating my mother's estate and I will save at least $20,000 by using this book. There a dozens of forms, tips and tons of information on the subject. If you are motivated and organzed, this is the guide to help you avoid the high cost of attorneys in probate. I cannot urge you STRONGLY enough to use this book as your guide to probate in California.
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