Estate Law Questions? Ask an Estate Lawyer.
Hello and thank you for the question. I am sorry to read of this dilemma.
My condolences on your loss.
Request a certified copy of the decedent's death certificate. A copy may be requested through the California Department of Public Health.
Does she leave behind substantial assets?
roughly how much is her estate valued?
I have a death certificate.
That is good
what is the size of the estate roughly?
You will need to affirm that the value of the estate is less than $100,000 in order to use a small estate affidavit. Both real and personal property are included in the value of the estate as well as insurance policies and the value of retirement plans.
I have a death certificate. Her estate is about $80,000. With medical bills totalling $500,000.
You would submit a small estate affidavit to get those assets
Attached is a form
it gets filed with the death certificate where assets held
Do I need a power of atty?
There no need for that
power of attorney only valid when one is alive
terminates on death
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