Redding Probate Center in Redding, CA
“Not Just a Probate Attorney; a Probate Team”
Probate can be a difficult time for you and your family. Most people
think they need just a probate attorney, but there are a lot of other
things that probate attorneys won’t do. There is a lot of daily stress
and probate cases are often long and hard. At the Redding Probate
Center, we use a team approach to your probate case. Choosing the
right team to help you can really make the difference in both time and
money. Most probate cases last anywhere from 6 months to 4 years. One
mistake can cost you months of extra time. A couple of mistakes can
cost you an extra year.
At the probate center, we pride ourselves on helping you align well
with a team of Redding professionals to help you with your probate
case from beginning to end. We have spent tireless amounts of time
building a team that has the ability to take you from A to Z. Our team
are all experts in their craft and they all bring something special to
When choosing a probate attorney, it’s important to find someone who can
navigate the complex system of local and state court systems. Many delays
come from improper paperwork or errors on filings. All of this leads to
delays and makes the process harder than it has to be. We pair you with a
probate attorney who specializes in probate proceedings. Our attorneys are
experienced in the process, not just dabbling in this as well as many
other kinds of law. Our attorneys are specialized in Estate and Probate
Real Estate & Appraisals
For most people, real estate and appraisals are a large part of the
probate process. Our team includes highly experienced real estate and
appraisal specialists who can get you the information you need in a
timely manner. Your probate should never be delayed because you
weren’t able to obtain an Inventory & Appraisal in a timely manner.
Our team will get with you as soon as possible and work diligently to
get you what you need BEFORE you need it. Check out our 4 Common
Mistakes When Selling Probate Real Estate (And How To Avoid Them).
Your probate may or may not include investments in stocks, bonds,
mutual funds, etc. There are a lot of legal issues with holding these
items in probate and certain rules have to be followed. In addition,
it’s really important that you have a guide during this process.
Someone who can review the entire portfolio and make sure that the
investments are appropriate moving forward. Some of the biggest
mistakes leading to lawsuits from beneficiaries down the road is the
mishandling of these assets. We will put you in touch with one of our
financial advisors who can walk you through the investments, give
suggestions, and help distribute the assets when the Final
Distribution is filed. Here’s an article on the Biggest Mistakes
Executors Make. Take special note on “Playing the Market!”
The process is only as good as the team working on it. That is why the
Redding Probate Center is such a great company for you during this
difficult time. We walk you through the entire process, not just the
legal process. We have experts in every field to guide and protect you
during a very public legal process.
6 Tips for the Executor of an Estate
Tip #1 Obtain the Death Certificate
You will need a copy of the death certificate for the funeral home, to
notify banks, investment firms, the US Department of Veteran Affairs, the
Social Security Administration, and many others about the death.
A good rule of thumb is to get twice as many as you think you need.
Tip #2 Locate the Will
When going through the process of Probate, you will most likely not have a
Trust document. If you do have a trust document, then you will often avoid
probate altogether. For all others, you will need to locate the Will. This
document guides the courts and lets them know the wishes of the deceased.
You usually need to file the Will within just a few days of the death.
Tip #3 Hire Experts
It’s important that you have good attorneys, realtors, and financial
experts who specialize in this process. Instead of just searching the
internet or asking a friend, it really pays off to have the Redding
Probate Center help you. We have the team ready and waiting.
Tip #4 Locate and secure the assets
Hopefully, you are one of the lucky ones where the deceased person left a
detailed list of assets and where to find them. Most are not this lucky.
It’s like an Easter Egg hunt for adults. If you have a will, then you
usually at least have a list of the important assets. Check for safety
deposit boxes, desk drawers, and filing cabinets. You might just get
PRO TIP: Even though everyone knows that Aunt Sally is to get the painting
in the hall, do not let any assets leave the estate until the probate
process is complete. Trust us. It’ll save you a lot of headaches during
the probate process.
Tip #5 Pay Bills and Taxes
The estate is in charge of paying the bills of the deceased persons. This
includes income tax and estate taxes that are owed. Good news: if the debt
exceeds the assets, potential inheritors are not liable for covering them.
Before paying those debts, make sure that there is enough to pay them. If
not, the judge will prioritize creditors for you. Take a look at their
checkbook and see if you can see the outstanding bills.
Tip #6 Slow Down and Breathe
Nobody loves probate. It’s a long, arduous process and adds to the
emotional state of losing a loved one. There is no way to speed the
process up. The first instinct of an executor is to give out all the
assets and make everyone happy. You will be getting pressure from one or
many to give them their share. Hold tight and let the process work. This
is where having an estate attorney, realtor, and financial advisor can
really help. Let your team be the bad guy and honor the process and the
Did you know?
An executor is generally entitled to compensation from the estate for his
or her services, although some choose not to exercise this right. If the
will does not specify how executor compensation should be calculated, the
executor must follow state-specific rules.
CA State Rules
In California, the estate executor is known as the "personal
For CA estates, compensation specified by the will can only be changed
if the court grants an executor's petition to be relieved of those
provisions ... even agreement among the affected parties is not enough
by itself to increase or decrease that amount.
If compensation details are not addressed by the will (or relief from
those terms is granted by the court), then California law determines
compensation based on the gross value of the estate, without
considering any debts or obligations, but including any asset
valuation realized due to actual asset sales, as well as any other
estate receipts such as income generated by the estate during the
- 4.0% on the first $100K
- 3.0% on the next $100K
- 2.0% on the next $800K
- 1.0% on the next $9M
- 0.5% on the next $15M
- A reasonable amount, as determined by the court, for all amounts
So, for example, a California estate with a qualified gross value of $50K
would yield $2K in executor fees, and one worth $1M would generate $23K in
Note that assets with named beneficiaries (such as IRAs) are also not
included in these calculations.
If there are 2 or more executors, the fee should be divided among the
executors either according to services rendered, or as agreed among the
Finally, the court can allow additional compensation for "extraordinary"
California Probate Code, §§ 10800-10805.