My question involves estate proceedings in the state of: California
I am the named executor in my mother's will. She lived in Ventura county, CA and I live in AZ. I purchased and read a book about how to probate an estate in California and was making good progress with the necessary forms. My mother's estate although modest qualifies to have to go thru probate court. There seems to be a major problem for the court if you are an out of state resident. My sister, who lives in Ventura county, and I are the only beneficiaries. It would seem we are getting penalized because I live out of state. The will states no bond and we would both waive the need for a bond, so not sure why the court still would require one. The other issue with a bond is surety companies will not issue to an individual, so what now. Even if they did, it would cost us $1000's which seems unfair.
I looked into the option of blocked accounts since my mother's two largest assets are accounts with a financial company. But, it isn't headquartered in CA, so this may not fly.
Is it possible to have my CA resident sister act as my co-executor to get around the in-state bias?