The procedure in California probate court involves the executor of a will filing it with the court, confirming the validity of the will, and then filing an inventory of the estate with the court, according to Nolo.com. Once debts and liabilities are settled, assets are then distributed.
In most probate cases, the executor named in the will must file the will, along with a fee, in the county where the deceased person lived. Once the will is declared valid, the executor is granted the authority to administer the estate, collect the assets, file taxes, pay bills and file a complete inventory and appraisal of the estate with the probate court. Once all bills and taxes are paid, the court closes the estate, and the executor distributes all the estate assets to the beneficiaries named in the will, explains Nolo.com.