A California Petition For Probate is filed in the Superior Court in the county where the decedent lived at the time of death. For example, if the decedent lived in Riverside County, but the real estate they owned was located in San Bernardino County, the probate case would be filed in the Riverside County. A common mistake is trying to file in the county where the property is located, rather than where the decedent lived, if it’s not the same. If they were not a California resident, but left property in California, the probate would be filed in the county where the real estate is located. The same is true if you are filing a California Spousal Property Petition or a California Petition to Determine Succession to Real Property.
Where to File a California Probate
About the Author: Annette Gomez
After earning her Bachelor’s degree and Paralegal Certificate from California State University, Annette started Just Document Preparation in 1996. After serving as an officer on the board of the California Association of Legal Document Assistants for 3 years, she was nominated to serve as Vice President in 2008. During that time, as President of the Inland Empire Chapter, she facilitated monthly educational workshops with attorneys, judges, and other professionals for the purpose of increasing professionalism in her field. Until they disbanded, she was a member of the National Association of Legal Document Preparers. While serving as an Advisory Board Member of Maric College’s Legal Document Assistant Program in Pomona, she reviewed and gave input on their curriculum and spoke to the students about the legal document assistant profession. In 2009 she became a real estate broker forming G&G Real Estate. To adhere to a higher standard of ethics, she joined the Inland Valley Association of Realtors, the California Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. She is also a notary public and member of the National Notary Association. Annette is listed in Strathmore’s Who’s Who of Business Professionals. Bonded and Registered legal document assistant: LDA#062, Riverside County.