Are All Estates Subject to Probate?

No. In California estates that are worth less than $150,000 are not subject to probate and can be passed in a less costly and time consuming manner.

Also property passing between spouses is not subject to probate regardless of how much the property is worth. Lastly, property isn't subject to probate if by operation of law it passes to a beneficiary at someone's death. For example, joint tenancy accounts or jointly held property with rights of survivorship pass to the survivor without probate. Life insurance proceeds pass to the beneficiary without probate. Retirement benefits can pass to a beneficiary without probate. Property in trust will pass to a beneficiary without the need for probate, hence the popularity of Living Trusts.


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