State Controller Betty Yee is searching for attorneys, certified public accountants, and certified appraisers to serve as probate referees in your county. Probate referees are officers of the court who are appointed by the State Controller. They provide reliable appraisals of all estate assets including businesses, securities, real estate, and personal properties. Probate referees are not state employees; their fees are paid by the estates (trusts) involved. For any appraisal required by law, probate referee fees are 1/10th of one percent of the total assets. The minimum fee is $75 plus expenses such as mileage and photos.
Qualification criteria and application information are on the Controller’s website at www.sco.ca.gov/eo_probate.html.
The next probate referee examination will be held in April 2017. People who meet all the qualifications and pass the examination may be contacted for an interview by a panel of judges and attorneys. Controller Yee will decide whom to appoint after considering the panel’s recommendation.
I encourage you to share this information with others to help us build a strong pool of diverse probate referees who can serve all areas of the Golden State.
Assistant Deputy Controller