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how long do you have to make a potential claim against an estate

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how long do you have to make a potential claim against an estate in california?
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You have
either 60 days from the date of the notification (of the death) or
four months from the date Letters are issued,
whichever is later,to file your claim with the court.
You must send a copy of the claim to the person
who was appointed as the personal representative.
Service must be made within 30 days after the
claim is filed or four months from the date Letters
are issued, which ever is later.

You would be considered a creditor of the estate and would need to file this form with the courts within 60 days.

http://www.courts.ca.gov/documents/de172.pdf

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.


what does date letters are issued? What letters? What does that mean?


 


Service (What does service mean)? must be made within 30 days after the
claim is filed or four months from the date Letters
are issued, which ever is later.

That's short for letters of administration, which is:

'A formal document issued by a court of probate appointing a manager of the assets and liabilities of the estate of the deceased in certain situations.'

Service, means service of process. Which is just the process of delivering legal documents to someone. You would need to 'serve' the creditor complaint on the executor of the estate within 30 days of when you file it with the court. Service of process can be done through a process server or other. It just needs to be someone who would deliver the document to the executor (or leave it with someone 18 or older at the executor's residence).

For more information:

http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Letters+of+Administration

http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Service+of+Process
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.


Joseph,


 


'A formal document issued by a court of probate appointing a manager of the assets and liabilities of the estate of the deceased in certain situations.'


 


How would I know when that happens and where? Is it where the attorney is located that held the will and trusts? Or the county where he lived and died or the county where the executor lives?


 


 


 

Hello Iarue,

It should be in the county where he lived and died. However, you need not worry about the letters if you already know who the executor of the estate is.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.


joseph,


 


I am worried about how much time I have to file h-e died july 21 of this year. does this mean I have until Sept 21 of this year?

Yes, you have at least 60 days following his death to file, although that would only be the 19th, since both July and August have 31 days.

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