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Navigate Probate with Confidence: Let Us Handle the Real Estate for You

As a personal representative, you carry significant burdens.

Navigating probate complexities, legal requirements, and maximizing the value of inherited property can be overwhelming. At Buitron Realty Group, we understand. Led byCertified Residential Estate Specialist¬ģ and Trust Specialist¬ģ Christian Buitron, our team is dedicated to guiding you through every step of the probate process with expertise, empathy, and personalized support.

Christian’s in-depth knowledge of probate regulations, estate valuation, and real estate negotiation ensures you receive the highest possible value for your inherited property while navigating the legal complexities with confidence. Leveraging his market analysis expertise, Christian will ensure your property is priced competitively to attract qualified buyers, and his negotiation skills will secure the best possible offer for the estate.

Understanding the emotional challenges of probate is also a priority. Christian has extensive experience working with clients during difficult transitions. He is a compassionate and understanding guide who will answer your questions, address your concerns, and ensure you feel supported throughout the¬entire process.

Experience Every Advantage:

  • Maximize Property Value: We leverage market expertise and negotiation skills to secure the best possible price for your inherited property.
  • Seamless Process: Clear communication and collaboration with you and your attorney ensure a smooth probate real estate experience.
  • Reduced Stress: Focus on legal duties and beneficiaries; our team handles the complexities.
  • Client-Centered Approach: Our experienced professionals understand the emotional challenges and provide compassionate guidance throughout.
  • Financial Protection: Zero-out-of-pocket options for essential repairs and upgrades safeguard the estate’s resources.
  • Proven Marketing Strategies: We attract qualified buyers and secure favorable offers for a successful outcome.

Let Us Handle the Details, You Focus on What Matters Most

Navigating probate doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Buitron Realty Group is your trusted partner throughout the process. Our experienced team will guide you through every step, ensuring a smooth and successful probate experience for you and the beneficiaries. Schedule a free consultation today to discuss your specific needs and receive personalized probate real estate expertise.

Probate Process in California: A Step-by-Step Guide

Disclaimer: This guide outlines the general California probate process. Due to its complexity, seeking legal advice from a qualified attorney is highly recommended.


  • Average Length:¬†12 months
  • Shortest Possible:¬†6 months (limited authority sale,¬†streamlined procedures)
  • Longest Possible:¬†2+ years (complex estates,¬†litigation)

Within 30 days of death: File a petition for probate with the court. Gather necessary documents like the Will (if any), death certificate, and proof of residency.

5-6 weeks after filing: Attend the hearing (or have your attorney). The court appoints a personal representative and issues Letters of Administration.

  • Gather Assets:¬†Identify and locate all estate assets.
  • File Inventory & Appraisal Form (Required):¬†Submit a detailed list of assets and their values to the court.
  • Notice to Creditors (Required):¬†Inform potential creditors of the probate process.
  • Review Creditor Claims:¬†Respond to any claims submitted by creditors.

Inform: Send notices to the Franchise Tax Board, Department of Healthcare Services, and Victims Compensation Board (optional but recommended).

  • Limited Authority IAEA:
    • Follow court-approved procedures for selling within a specific price range.
    • Deposit required with court and potentially court hearings involved.
  • Full Authority IAEA:
    • Obtain court approval for chosen selling method (e.g.,¬†listing with agent).
    • Manage estate bank account,¬†escrow,¬†and legal documents.
    • Attend court hearings as required.

Remember: These are simplified explanations. Seek legal advice for your specific situation.

  • Prop 58 & 193:¬†Apply for property tax reassessments if applicable.
  • Capital Gains:¬†Calculate and pay any capital gains taxes on asset sales.
  • Estate Taxes (Form 706):¬†File with the IRS to report and pay any federal estate taxes.
    • After completing all other steps:¬†Submit a final accounting of estate assets and liabilities to the court.
    • Court Hearing:¬†Attend the hearing to answer any questions about the accounting.
    • Distribute Assets (After Court Approval):¬†Distribute remaining assets to beneficiaries.
    • Request Case Closure:¬†Petition the court to officially close the probate case.

    Upon court approval, your case is closed. Remember, this is a simplified guide, and legal complexities may arise. Consult an attorney for personalized guidance.

  • Stay organized and keep detailed records throughout the process.
  • Communicate regularly with your attorney and beneficiaries.
  • Be patient,¬†as probate can be time-consuming.


Probate is the legal process used to settle the estate of a deceased person after they pass away. It involves identifying and valuing assets, paying debts and taxes, and distributing remaining assets to beneficiaries as outlined in the will or according to state laws if no will exists. While it can be time-consuming, probate ensures clarity and legal protection for loved ones and creditors.

Not always. Whether or not probate is required depends on the size and complexity of the estate. Typically, if the total value of the deceased person’s assets is below $185,500 (including real estate), you may be able to use a simplified process called “small estate” probate or avoid probate altogether through specific estate planning techniques. Consult with an attorney to determine the best approach for your situation.

The real estate owned by the deceased becomes part of the probate estate. During probate, the court will determine its value and how it will be distributed to beneficiaries, based on the will or intestate succession laws. Buitron Realty Group can help navigate this process effectively, maximizing property value and minimizing stress.

The duration of probate varies depending on the complexity of the estate and the workload of the courts. Usually, it takes anywhere from 6 months to a year, sometimes longer. Working with experienced professionals like Buitron Realty Group can help streamline the process and expedite timelines.

The costs associated with probate can vary depending on the size and complexity of the estate, including court fees, attorney fees, and other professional services. It’s important to factor in these expenses when planning for probate. Consider contacting Buitron Realty Group for a free consultation to estimate potential costs related to your specific situation.

Navigating probate can be emotionally challenging. Buitron Realty Group understands this and offers empathetic guidance and support throughout the process. Our team, including our real estate licensed client relations specialist with a Master’s in Counseling, Susan J. Browne, are here to answer your questions, address your concerns, and ease the emotional burden of managing an estate through probate.

While online resources like the Los Angeles County Superior Court website provide helpful general information and procedures, navigating probate in Los Angeles often requires personalized support. Buitron Realty Group combines local expertise with a comprehensive understanding of the probate process. Contact us for a free consultation, and we’ll provide tailored advice, connect you with relevant resources specific to your case, and answer any questions you may have.

Schedule your personalized presentation today

by contacting Christian at 323-909-2937 or christian@buitronrealty.com.

We look forward to partnering with you and delivering exceptional outcomes for your clients.

Buitron Realty Group

Christian Buitron, SRES¬ģ, CPTS

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