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How to Check Probate Notes in Riverside County

Probate notes are a written record posted on the Riverside County court website by the probate examiner for all probate cases in Riverside County. The probate examiner reviews the filed probate documents and publishes notes about the filing before each hearing. The notes will include general statements about the purpose of the hearing. In some cases “deficiencies” will be noted, which are requests for additional documents or clarification of documents filed. The deficiencies will need to be addressed before the hearing to avoid a delay. Once notes are posted, they might be updated, so it’s important to be aware of […]

How to File a Spousal Property Petition in Riverside County

Overview: A Spousal Property Petition is a set of documents to request a probate hearing in which the court can make an order to transfer certain specific assets obtained through marriage or a domestic partnership. In this process, the court will give an order to transfer and confirm property to a surviving spouse. The California Court’s website states,
If the surviving spouse/partner is legally entitled to all of the property, a more complicated probate procedure may not be required.
With a Spousal Property Petition, property can be legally transferred to the surviving spouse in a little over one month’s time with less […]

The Executor’s Responsibilities in a Riverside County Probate

As manager of the estate, you are responsible for handling the decedent’s assets and debts during the probate process until they are transferred to the beneficiaries or heirs.  You have a fiduciary duty to the estate, meaning you must treat it with the utmost care, exercising a high level of attention and restraint. As you go through the probate process, all assets must be kept separate from anyone else’s. Financial accounts opened to hold assets must be opened in the name of the estate. These accounts must be interest-bearing or there could be consequences. The authority given to an executor […]

How Much Does It Cost To File A Probate In Riverside County?

There are different fees for filing a probate case in Riverside County depending on the type of probate case being filed.  Here is a list of fees:

Petition filing fee: Filing a Petition for Probate, Spousal or Domestic Property Petitions, and Petitions to Determine Succession to Real Property all have a filing fee of $450 payable to the Riverside Superior Court. The filing fee for the Petition for Probate will be paid twice, once when the first petition is filed and again when the final petition is filed.

Court reporter fee: When the petitions listed above are filed, a mandatory hearing will […]

How Much Does it Cost to File a Spousal Property Petition in Riverside County?

The cost for filing a Spousal or Domestic Partner Property Petition is less than a Petition for Probate as there are not as many documents to file, or requirements to complete this type of case. Here is a list of fees:

Petition filing fee: Filing a Spousal or Domestic Partner Property Petition requires a filing fee of $450.00 payable to the Riverside Superior Court. Unlike the filing fee for the traditional Petition for Probate, this fee will be paid once, only when the petition is first filed.  The reason is that there is only one hearing needed for the Spousal or […]