May 2018 Archives
In California on May 8, a probate hearing was held regarding the estate of the late Charles Manson. Manson is notorious for his involvement in several murders in 1969, and a number of people have come forward to claim that they are his heirs.
In California, an estate that is not worth more than $150,000 is eligible for a simplified probate process. This is a faster process that does not include a court hearing and gets assets to beneficiaries more efficiently.
It is common, and in some cases admirable, for families to come together after the death of a loved one. Whether the passing comes after a prolonged illness or an instant tragedy, families need each other to honor the memory of their loved one and to begin the healing process.
When an individual passes away in California or any other state, his or her estate may be subject to probate. This can happen if a person dies with or without a valid will. If a person does have a valid will, assets will be distributed according to its instructions. Regardless of how a person dies, a personal representative will be appointed, and a person may choose his or her representative in a will.