Probate

The probate process is allows for the distribution of assets to the decedent’s heirs. The probate court will determine the heirs, ensure that all of the debts of the decedent are paid, and review the entire process. Probate typically takes about one to three years to complete, probate fees are required, and it is a public process. Following is a Diagram of the Probate Process which outlines the various requirements of a probate proceeding.

Santa Clara County Superior Court website (scscourt.org)

Santa Clara County Superior Court website (scscourt.org)