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Steps To Take While Awaiting

Letter of Testamentary by the Probate Court

There are many steps to be taken during the probate process in California, however the official duties cannot be fully undertaken without the Letter of Testamentary, whereby the Administrator, Executor or Personal Representative of the estate is named by the court. The approximate wait period for the official notice is up to 90-days.

In the event a property will be sold once authorized by the court, it is acceptable to begin preparing the property for sale. This may include conducting an inventory all items in the house, boxing them carefully with proper packing materials, clearing a property of trash and debris, making minor repairs such as painting, cleaning, pulling weeds and so much more. Taking these steps early on will allow you to put the property for sale immediately once the official notice is given.

Hiring a Real Estate professional can be very helpful in the early stages of this process. Any agent specializing in probate will have a team of other needed professionals to aid in the process.

Many real estate agents are equipped with the right team of needed workers for a probate sale. They may include the following.

  • ​Contractor
  • Handyman Services
  • Carpet Cleaners
  • Roofing Contractor
  • Painters
  • Stagers
  • Estate Sale Specialist
  • Electrician
  • Landscaper
  • Mover and much more...

There are also professionals to help you inventory and evaluate the appraised value of personal belongings. The above list is a general idea of ways to be assisted through the process, however other professionals may also be needed.

The job of Executor, or Personal Representative may seem overwhelming if you don’t have the right individuals guiding you through the process.