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Hi there. The priority of claims is set forth by the following CA probate statute. But, as you can see from 11422(a) and (d), if you pay one claim of the same class prior to another, as long as you pay one debt before ordered by the court to pay another, you are within your rights. :)
11420. (a) Debts shall be paid in the following order of priority
among classes of debts, except that debts owed to the United States
or to this state that have preference under the laws
of the United
States or of this state shall be given the preference required by
(1) Expenses of administration
. With respect to obligations
secured by mortgage, deed of trust, or other lien
, including, but not
limited to, a judgment lien, only those expenses of administration
incurred that are reasonably related to the administration of thatproperty
by which obligations are secured shall be given priority
over these obligations.
(2) Obligations secured by a mortgage, deed of trust, or other
lien, including, but not limited to, a judgment lien, in the order of
their priority, so far as they may be paid out of the proceeds of
the property subject to the lien. If the proceeds are insufficient,
the part of the obligation remaining unsatisfied shall be classed
with general debts.
(3) Funeral expenses.
(4) Expenses of last illness.
(5) Family allowance
(6) Wage claims.
(7) General debts, including judgments not secured by a lien and
all other debts not included in a prior class.
(b) Except as otherwise provided by statute, the debts of each
class are without preference or priority one over another. No debt of
any class may be paid until all those of prior classes are paid in
full. If property in the estate is insufficient to pay all debts of
any class in full, each debt in that class shall be paid a
11421. Subject to Section 11420, as soon as the personal
representative has sufficient funds, after retaining sufficient funds
to pay expenses of administration, the personal representative shall
pay the following:
(a) Funeral expenses.
(b) Expenses of last illness.
(c) Family allowance.
(d) Wage claims.
11422. (a) Except as provided in Section 11421, the personal
representative is not required to pay a debt until payment has been
ordered by the court.
(b) On the settlement of any account of the personal
representative after the expiration of four months after the date
letters are first issued to a general personal representative, the
court shall order payment of debts, as the circumstances of the
estate permit. If property in the estate is insufficient to pay all
of the debts, the order shall specify the amount to be paid to each
(c) If the estate will be exhausted by the payment ordered, the
account of the personal representative constitutes a final account,
and notice of hearing shall be the notice given for the hearing of a
final account. The personal representative is entitled to a discharge
when the personal representative has complied with the terms of the
(d) Nothing in this section precludes settlement of an account of
a personal representative for payment of a debt made without prior