What is the “Residue” of a California Probate Estate?

What does residue imply as a legal definition, and how is it crucial in a California probate suit?

“Residue” suggests rest– the rest of an estate that is not otherwise dispersed. Such a rest is often a critical monetary component of a probate. A “Residuary” provision in a Will or Trust is often called an “omnibus provision.” That is a clause that frequently determines the beneficiaries who are to receive staying property not otherwise disposed of, after-discovered property or payment on unexpected contingencies. It can be basic or sometimes rather difficult as to what is staying property.
As an example– if a Will or Trust supplies that $10,000 is to go to Jim and $10,000 to Julie with the rest to Gary, a $25,000 estate would yield $10,000 each to Jim and Julie and the staying $5000 to Gary. If property is later on discovered, depending upon the language in the residuary of omnibus stipulation, the recently found property will likely go to Gary. This is so whether the quantity is big or small.

California probate litigation can develop from a plethora of documents, residuary provisions, beneficiary classifications and a host of other problems. Lawsuits with regard to the residue is often hard fought and filled with intriguing twists and turns. The residue may be a deposit on an energy account or a long overlooked securities account with countless shares of utility stock. You can see how residue ends up being important.
A close reading of the Will, Trust and other estate documents (consisting of retirement accounts, checking account, insurance coverage policies, safe deposit records and securities) should be made in order to make a preliminary decision of residue. The nature of a residuary provision is that things that are not otherwise specifically pointed out enter into the residue. “I give my fancy red sport coat to my cousin Gary.” If I don’t particularly mention my orange tuxedo or otherwise normally mention it (“all my personal property to Gary”), then the orange fit enters into residue and is dispersed to the beneficiaries or recipients discussed in the residue clause.

Residue is frequently consisted of stopped working presents. It might be that the beneficiary of the stopped working gift does not want it (“I do not want a 1964 Pink Plymouth Valiant”) or that the beneficiary predeceased the decedent (“He’s been gone for years.”) Sometimes beneficiaries can’t be situated– “we last heard that he remained in India somewhere or he may be in the Congo.” Sometimes the successor waives the right to the gift– “I don’t want nuthin’ from no one.” Whatever the circumstances when there are probate, estate and trust fights over residue (1) the possessions require to be represented, (2) the rightful heirs of the residue must be recognized, and (3) and organized distribution figured out (by order or stipulation).