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What Is in California’s Probate Code?

The California Probate Code is one of 29 Codes that contain state statutes

By Chris Micheli, April 10, 2022 5:43 pm

The California Probate Code is one of 29 Codes that contain state statutes. The Probate Code contains 13 Divisions. There are also numerous parts, chapters, and articles containing hundreds of code sections, or individual statutes. The following is a broad overview of the Probate Code.

DIVISION 1. PRELIMINARY PROVISIONS AND DEFINITIONS [Sections 1 – 88]

There are 2 Parts.

DIVISION 2. GENERAL PROVISIONS [Sections 100 – 890]

There are 21 Parts, 29 Chapters, 12 Articles.

DIVISION 3. GENERAL PROVISIONS OF A PROCEDURAL NATURE [Sections 1000 – 1312]

There are 3 Parts and 13 Chapters.

DIVISION 4. GUARDIANSHIP, CONSERVATORSHIP, AND OTHER PROTECTIVE PROCEEDINGS [Sections 1400 – 3925]

There are 9 Parts, 43 Chapters, and 63 Articles.

DIVISION 4.5. POWERS OF ATTORNEY [Sections 4000 – 4545]

There are 4 Parts, 12 Chapters, and 3 Articles.

DIVISION 4.7. HEALTH CARE DECISIONS [Sections 4600 – 4806]

There are 5 Parts, 11 Chapters, and 3 Articles.

DIVISION 5. NONPROBATE TRANSFERS [Sections 5000 – 5705]

There are 5 Parts, 12 Chapters, and 13 Articles.

DIVISION 6. WILLS AND INTESTATE SUCCESSION [Sections 6100 – 6806]

There are 4 Parts, 16 Chapters, and 3 Articles.

DIVISION 7. ADMINISTRATION OF ESTATES OF DECEDENTS [Sections 7000 – 12591]

There are 13 Parts, 65 Chapters, and 68 Articles.

DIVISION 8. DISPOSITION OF ESTATE WITHOUT ADMINISTRATION [Sections 13000 – 13660]

There are 2 Parts and 11 Chapters.

DIVISION 9. TRUST LAW [Sections 15000 – 19530]

There are 9 Parts, 31 Chapters, and 27 Articles.

DIVISION 10. PRORATION OF TAXES [Sections 20100 – 20225]

There are 2 Chapters and 6 Articles.

DIVISION 11. CONSTRUCTION OF WILLS, TRUSTS, AND OTHER INSTRUMENTS [Sections 21101 – 21700]

There are 8 Parts, 15 Chapters, and 5 Articles.

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