A good place to start is with the California Courts website, which provides a good introduction to the probate process:

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The Legislative Counsel of California website provides the California Probate Code in its entirety:

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The State Bar of California website provides a number of valuable resources:

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Click here for their Trusts and Estates Section Home Page

Click here for Trust and Estates New Case Alerts

Click here for the Educating Seniors Project. It is intended to inform seniors, their families, and the community about laws and resources for protection against elder financial abuse.

Click here for their Public Services Home Page

They have a few very nice pamphlets regarding Wills, Estate Planning, and Trusts in multiple languages. If you click the name of the pamphlet below, you will be directed to the pamphlet’s page with multiple language options. If you click on the pamphlet image, you will be directed to the English version pdf.

Do i need a will
Do i need estate planning
Do i need a living trust

If you do not currently have a will and would like to create a very simple one, you can find the California Statutory Will by clicking here.

The website of the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles contains important information, specific to Los Angeles County:

The website of the Superior Court of California, County of Riverside contains important information, specific to Orange County:

The website of the Superior Court of California, County of Riverside contains important information, specific to Riverside County:

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WESTERN REGION

All documents concerning actions or proceedings that arise out of the zip codes of 91752, 92501-92509, 92513-92519, 92521-92522, 92551-92557, 92860, or 92877-92883 shall be filed at the Riverside Historic Courthouse.

Riverside historic courthouse

Riverside Historic Courthouse

Address:
4050 Main Street
Riverside, CA 92501
Building Hours
7:30AM – 4:00PM, Monday – Friday, except court holidays
Probate Department
First Floor, Department 8
(951) 777-3067

MID COUNTY REGION

All documents concerning actions or proceedings that arise out of the zip codes of 92530-92532, 92536, 92543-92546, 92548, 92562-92564, 92567, 92570-92572, 92581-92587, 92589-92593, 92595-92596, or 92599 shall be filed at the Temecula Courthouse.

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Temecula Courthouse
Address
41002 County Center Drive #100
Temecula, CA 92591
Building Hours
7:30AM – 4:00PM, Monday – Friday, except court holidays
Probate Department
Department T1
(951) 704-7634

DESERT REGION

All documents concerning actions or proceedings that arise out of the zip codes of 92201-92203, 92210-92211, 92220, 92223, 92225-92226, 92230, 92234-92236, 92239-92241, 92247-92248, 92253-92255, 92258, 92260-92264, 92270, 92274-92276, 92280, 92282, 92320, 92539, 92549, or 92561 shall be filed at the Larson Justice Center.

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