To begin a probate in California, someone files a petition for probate so as to be appointed either as the executor or as the administrator. In California the word “Executor” is used when there is a Will and the word “Administrator” is used when the someone dies without a Will.
Who gets to serve as the Administrator in a California probate proceeding? Depending on a person’s relation to the decedent, the California Probate Code provides that those in the following order of priority are the first ones to be appointed by the probate court:
(a) Surviving spouse or domestic partner.
(d) Other issue.
(f) Brothers and sisters.
(g) Issue of brothers and sisters.
(i) Issue of grandparents.
(j) Children of a predeceased spouse or domestic partner.
(k) Other issue of a predeceased spouse or domestic partner.
(l) Other next of kin.
(m) Parents of a predeceased spouse or domestic partner.
(n) Issue of parents of a predeceased spouse or domestic partner.
(o) Conservator or guardian of the estate acting in that capacity at the time of death who has filed a first account and is not acting as conservator or guardian for any other person.
(p) Public administrator.
(r) Any other person.
Want to discuss being appointed as the California executor or California administrator in a probate? Call Mitchell A. Port at 310.559.5259 for a consultation.