There are several ways to avoid probate in California, and it would be wise to consult an estate planner to discuss which method of transfer to beneficiaries would suit your particular circumstance. Taking a property in joint tenancy keeps a property out of probate. A living trust would keep all assets in the trust outside of the probate process. A Spousal Property Petition can be used under certain limited circumstances after the death of a spouse or domestic partner. Small Estates under $150,000 are not subject to the normal probate procedures, but rather, a simplified probate procedure or using an affidavit filed with the Court.
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