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 […]


For most probate cases, the Inventory and Appraisal form (DE-160) is filed in probate court once. For a simple estate, administrated by someone who is representing themselves IN PRO PER, it is not hard to prepare the form with a complete and correct itemization of the assets for the probate referee to use and for the court to file. These instructions are for a decedent’s simple estate, where this form will be filed once with a complete list of assets to that make up the estate.

The Inventory and Appraisal is comprised of no less than 2 pages. In the top […]

California Probate: Letters Testamentary or Letters of Administration

Petition For Probate of Will and Letters Testamentary or Petition For Letters of Administration. What’s the Difference? defines “testate” as having made and left a valid will. A valid will is used to distribute property after death and directs how this is to be accomplished. After a person dies, their will is filed with the court to be used as the basis for how the probate will proceed. When a probate is initiated with a valid will, a probate of Will and Letters Testamentary is usually filed in the county where the deceased person resided or where they left […]

Full VS Limited Authority in a California Probate Case

The Difference Between a Probate Case with Full Authority and a Probate Case with Limited Authority: When the probate court gives an executor or administrator the authority to manage a case with full authority it means certain actions can be done with less of the judge’s supervision. More independence to manage the probate translates to less paperwork, less delay and possibly less time spent in the courtroom. The guidelines of the Independent Administration of Estates Act must be followed along with all court requirements and procedures. The ease is probably most notable in the sale of a home.
If the estate […]