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Wills, Estates & Trusts

This is the self-help section for Wills, Estates & Trusts.

Probate Q&A
How to Probate an Estate:
Title Description Resource
Starting a Probate or Obtaining Letters of Administration An Instructional Guide regarding the steps to start a probate proceeding or obtain Letters of Administration after an individual has died. It provides the mandatory Judicial Council forms by title and number, a detailed guide through the Petition for Probate form, definitions of frequently used words and phrases, requirements for filing in California and a brief description of filing procedures. (4 Pages) View Document
Clearing Probate Notes Instructions An overview of how to clear Probate Notes including instructions for on-line access to the Probate Notes through the Court’s website and a sample form, Supplement to Clear Probate Notes. (1 Page) View Document
Supplement to Clear Probate Notes Form Printable form, non-fillable pleading paper formatted document.(5 Pages) View Document
- Supplement to Clear Probate Notes Instructions with Comments An Instructional Guide to completing the Supplement to Clear Probate Notes sample form, with brief descriptions in comment boxes on how to complete the form. (2 Pages) View Document
Completing Your Order for Probate, Letters and Duties & Liabilities An Instructional Guide regarding the forms to complete after the initial hearing wherein the Court grants the Order for Probate. (1 Page) View Document
- Order for Probate Form (DE-140) Fillable Judicial Council Form. View Document
- Attachment to Order for Probate (MC-025 Sample Judicial Council form, fillable. View Document
- Letters (DE-150) Fillable Judicial Council Form. View Document
- Duties and Liabilities (DE-147) Fillable Judicial Council Form. View Document
- Confidential Statement of Birth Date and Driver's License Number (DE-147S) Fillable Judicial Council Form. View Document
After Your Order for Probate is Entered and Letters Issued An Instructional Guide regarding the steps in the Probate process after the Order for Probate is entered and Letters issued. It provides the mandatory Judicial Council forms by title and number, detailed steps through the form, a brief description of filing procedures and information on other agencies that may need to be contacted during the probate process. (2 Pages) View Document
Closing Your Probate Estate An Instructional Guide regarding the steps to close a probate estate. It provides a general overview of the process to close a probate estate, the mandatory Judicial Council forms by title and number and where to obtain additional assistance. (2 Pages) View Document

Miscellaneous Probate Information:
Title Description Resource
Withdrawal of Funds from Blocked Account An Instructional Guide regarding the steps to request a withdrawal of funds from a blocked account on behalf of a minor or by the minor who has now attained the age of 18. It provides the mandatory Judicial Council forms by title and number, detailed steps through the Withdrawal of Funds from Blocked Account form, including an example on how to complete the form, as well as a brief description of filing procedures. (2 Pages) View Document
Ex Parte Petition for Release of Remains of Decedent An Instructional Guide regarding the steps to request an emergency order for the release of remains of a decedent. It provides detailed steps through the Ex Parte Petition for Release of Remains of Decedent form, as well as a brief description of filing procedures. (1 Page) View Document

Court Resources/Links for Divorce or Legal Separation:
Service Description Resource
Divorce Overview Provides a general overview of the divorce procedure to help you understand the process. This information should not be considered legal advice. View Document
Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office Family Violence Division Division of the District Attorney’s office that handles cases of spousal abuse, physical child abuse, and other domestic violence crimes View Website
Los Angeles Superior Court Self-Help & Resource Center The Court and Legal Aid partners operate Self-Help & Resource Centers for Self-Represented Litigants to provide education and assistance to parties who do not have attorneys and need to complete documents and court procedures on their own. View Document

Find a Lawyer (External Websites):
Office/Service Description Resource Contact Info:
LawHelpCalifornia.org LawHelpCalifornia provides online information to help low and moderate income people find legal aid referrals & self-help resources.

LawHelpCalifornia DOES NOT provide direct legal services.
View Website
SmartLaw.org (Los Angeles County Bar Association) The Los Angeles County Bar Association offers a Lawyer Referral and Information Service on SmartLaw.org View Website Phone: 213-243-1525
Los Angeles County Bar Association The Los Angeles County Bar Association provides a lawyer referral service and information on common legal issues in both English and Spanish. View Website Address:
1055 West Seventh Street Suite 2700
Los Angeles, CA 90017-2577
Phone: 213.627.2727
The State Bar of California The California State Bar Association offers listings of certified county programs that provide lawyer referrals. View Website
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