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What to do if a will hasn't been probated

When a California resident dies, that person's estate may need to go through probate. This ensures that the deceased individual's will is valid, a person's assets can be inventoried and that outstanding bills can be paid. At the time a probate case is opened, an executor will be appointed to represent the estate. The executor could be a spouse, a family friend or an attorney. If the deceased person appointed an executor in his or her will, that person will usually fulfill the role.

Aretha Franklin's estate will have a new executor

Aretha Franklin has likely taught California residents many lessons about the importance of estate planning. Since her death in August 2018, Franklin's niece had acted as the executor to her estate, but she gave up that role in January 2020, citing conflicts with other family members. The former personal representative said that she would not fulfill the role if it led to fractured relationships between family members. She also said that she would give up her position if disputes couldn't be settled outside of court.

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