Okay thanks. If you have submitted a timely claim to the executor, and the executor has not either allowed or rejected the claim within 30 days of submission, then you have the option to treat the claim as rejected, and either file a lawsuit for recovery on the claim, or alternatively, ask the probate court judge to determine the matter in a "summary adjudication." The difference between a lawsuit and summary adjudication, is that you can have a jury decide the verdict in a lawsuit, whereas the judge will decide the summary adjudication without a jury.
Summary adjudication is much less costly than a lawsuit. However, since this is also a potential wage claim, you could file a complaint with the Cal. Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE), and obtain a summary determination in that manner. A DLSE hearing has the advantage of generally providing a forum in which the judge is highly sympathetic to employee wage claims.
In any case, those are the options. If there is $80,000 at stake, you really need to hire legal representation. The chance of losing due to a procedural error is high, and you obviously want to win.
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