California Probate Form DE-157

Notice Of Administration To Creditors

Everything you need to know about California Form DE-157, including helpful tips, fast facts & deadlines, how to fill it out, where to submit it and other related CA probate forms.

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About Notice Of Administration To Creditors

There are all sorts of forms executors, beneficiaries, and probate court clerks have to fill out and correspond with during probate and estate settlement, including affidavits, letters, petitions, summons, orders, and notices.

Notice Of Administration To Creditors is a commonly used form within California. Here’s an overview of what the form is and means, including a breakdown of the situations when (or why) you may need to use it:

Tells those to whom a deceased person owes money or other property (creditors) who has been appointed as the personal representative of the deceased person’s estate and that the representative has started managing the estate. Also provides creditors with information about how and when to make a claim against the estate and what may happen if they do not file a claim on time.

Atticus Fast Facts About Notice Of Administration To Creditors

Sometimes it’s tough to find a quick summary— here’s the important details you should know about Notice Of Administration To Creditors:

  • This form pertains to the State of California

Government forms are not typically updated often, though when they are, it often happens rather quietly. While Atticus works hard to keep this information about California’s Form DE-157 - Notice Of Administration To Creditors up to date, certain details can change from time-to-time with little or no communication.

How to file Form DE-157

Step 1 - Download the correct California form based on the name and ID if applicable

Double check that you have both the correct form name and the correct form ID. Some California probate forms can look remarkably similar, so it’s best to double, even triple-check that you’re using the right one! Keep in mind that not all States have a standardized Form ID system for their probate forms.

Step 2 - Complete the Document

Fill out all relevant fields in Form DE-157, take a break, and then review. Probate and estate settlement processes in CA are long enough to begin with, and making a silly error can push your timeline even farther back. No thank you!

Note: If you don’t currently know all of the answers and are accessing Form DE-157 online, be sure to avoid closing the browser tab and potentially losing all your progress (or use a platform like Atticus to help avoid making mistakes).

Step 3 - Have Form DE-157 witnessed or notarized (if required)

Some States and situations require particular forms to be notarized. If you have been instructed to get the document notarized or see it in writing on the document, then make sure to hire a local notary. There are max notary fees in the United States that are defined and set by local law. Take a look at our full guide to notary fees to make sure you aren’t overpaying or getting ripped off.

Step 4 - Submit Notice Of Administration To Creditors to the relevant office

This is most often the local probate court where the decedent (person who passed away) is domiciled (permanently resides) or the institution involved with this particular form (e.g. a bank). Some offices allow you to submit forms online, other’s don’t, and we while we generally recommend going in-person to expedite the process, sometimes that simply isn’t an option.

It’s also a generally good idea to establish a positive working relationship with any probate clerk (unfortunately there’s enough people & process out there making things more difficult and unnecessarily confusing for them), so a best practice is to simply ask the probate clerk proactively exactly how and where they’d prefer you to submit all forms.

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When Notice Of Administration To Creditors is due

Different probate forms or processes can require different deadlines or response times for completing the appropriate form.

While some steps in the process are bound to specific deadlines (like petitioning for probate, having to submit an inventory of assets, or filing applicable notices to creditors and beneficiaries), many probate forms or processes are not tied to a specific deadline since the scope of work can vary based on situational factors or requirements involved.

Either way, there are a bunch of practical reasons why personal representatives should work to complete each step as thoroughly and quickly as possible when completing probate in California.

5 reasons you should submit DE-157 as quickly as possible:

  1. The sooner you begin, the faster California can allow heirs and beneficiaries to get their share of assets subject to probate. Acting promptly can also decrease the costs & overall mental fatigue through an otherwise burdensome process.

    Helpful Context: What’s the Difference Between Probate and Non-Probate Assets?

  2. In general, creditors of an estate usually have around 3-6 months from the time you file notice to creditors to file any claims for debt against the deceased’s assets. If they don’t, then that debt is forfeited (and more importantly, the executor won’t be held personally responsible). So doing this sooner means you have a better idea of who is owed what and ensures you won’t get a surprise collector months later.

  3. Not filing a will within 30 days (on average) could mean that the probate process proceeds according to intestate laws (laws that govern what happens to someone's stuff without a will) or is subject to unnecessary supervision by the probate court. And if you aren't directly related to the deceased (a.k.a. next of kin), this could also mean you lose your inheritance.

  4. It’s important to file any necessary state tax returns on behalf of the deceased or estate by the following tax season in California. If you don’t, you could owe penalties and interest. This also includes any necessary federal tax returns such as Forms 1040, 1041, or even a Form 706 estate tax return.

  5. If a house in the State of California is left empty (or abandoned) for a while, insurance can get dicey. For example, if the house burns down and no one has been there for a year, an insurance company may get out of paying your claim.

If you’re not using Atticus to get specific forms, deadlines, and timelines for California probate, then try and stay as organized as possible, pay close attention to the dates mentioned in any correspondence you have with the State’s government officials, call the local California probate clerk or court for exact answers regarding Form DE-157, and when in doubt— consult a qualified trust & estates lawyer for that area.

How to Download, Open, and Edit Form DE-157 Online

Notice Of Administration To Creditors is one of the many probate court forms available for download through Atticus.

It may also be available through some California probate court sites, such as . In order to access the latest version, be updated with any revisions, and get full instructions on how to complete each form, check out the Atticus Probate & Estate Settlement software or consider hiring a qualified legal expert locally within California.

While Atticus automatically provides the latest forms, be sure to choose the correct version of Form DE-157 - Notice Of Administration To Creditors f using any other site or resource in order to avoid having to re-complete the form process and/or make another trip to the California probate court office.

Notice Of Administration To Creditors is a .pdf, so opening it should be as simple as clicking “View Form” from within the Atticus app or by clicking the appropriate link found on any California-provided government platform. Once you’ve opened the form, you should be able to directly edit the form before saving or printing.

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Did you know?

  • Form DE-157 - Notice Of Administration To Creditors is a probate form in California.

  • Tells those to whom a deceased person owes money or other property (creditors) who has been appointed as the personal representative of the deceased person’s estate and that the representative has started managing the estate. Also provides creditors with information about how and when to make a claim against the estate and what may happen if they do not file a claim on time.

  • California has multiple types of probate and the necessary forms depend on the unique aspects of each estate, such as type and value of assets, whether there was a valid will, who is serving as the personal representative or executor, and even whether or not they also live in California.

  • During probate, all personal representatives and executives in are required to submit a detailed inventory of assets that must separate non-probate assets from probate assets.

  • Probate in California, especially without guidance, can take years to finish and cost upwards of $14,000.

Frequently Asked Questions about Notice Of Administration To Creditors

Tells those to whom a deceased person owes money or other property (creditors) who has been appointed as the personal representative of the deceased person’s estate and that the representative has started managing the estate. Also provides creditors with information about how and when to make a claim against the estate and what may happen if they do not file a claim on time.

Probate is the government’s way of making sure that when a person dies, the right stuff goes to the right people (including the taxes the government wants).

All of that stuff is collectively known as someone’s “estate”, and it’s the job of the executor or personal representative to fill out all the forms and complete all the required steps to formally dissolve the estate. 

To get instant clarity on the entire probate process and get an idea of the steps, timeline, and best practices, read the Atticus Beginner’s Guide to Probate

The best place? Create an account in Atticus to start getting estate-specific advice. 

You may need a lawyer, you may not, and paying for one when you didn’t need it really hurts. Atticus makes sure you make  the best decisions (plus you can write it off as an executor expense).

We’ve also created a list of other probate services. Be sure to check it out!

An executor is named in someone’s will, and if the deceased didn’t have a will, then the spouse or other close family relative usually steps up to fulfill the role. If no one wants to do it, then a judge will appoint someone. 

The executor is responsible for the complete management of the probate process, including major responsibilities such as:

  • Creating an inventory of all probate assets.

  • Filling out all necessary forms

  • Paying off all estate debts and taxes

  • Submitting reports to the court and beneficiaries as requested

And much more. This process often stretches longer than a year. 

For an idea of what separates executors who succeed from those who make this way harder than it should be, visit our article, Executors of an Estate:
What they do & secrets to succeeding

The Exact Text on Form DE-157

Here’s the text, verbatim, that is found on California Form DE-157 - Notice Of Administration To Creditors. You can use this to get an idea of the context of the form and what type of information is needed.

DE-157 NOTICE OF ADMINISTRATION OF THE ESTATE OF DECEDENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS , who is deceased. The personal representative HAS BEGUN ADMINISTRATION of the decedent's estate in the You must FILE YOUR CLAIM with the court clerk (address in item 2a) AND mail or deliver a copy to the personal representative before the last to occur of the following dates: issued to a general personal representative, as defined in subdivision (b) of section 58 of the California Probate Code, OR LATE CLAIMS: If you do not file your claim within the time required by law, you must file a petition with the court for permission to file a late claim as provided in Probate Code section 9103. Not all claims are eligible for additional time to file. See section 9103(a). WHERE TO GET A CREDITOR'S CLAIM FORM: If a Creditor's Claim (form DE-172) did not accompany this notice, you may obtain a copy of the form from any superior court clerk or from the person who sent you this notice. You may also access a fillable version of the form on the Internet at under the form group Probate—Decedents' Estates. A letter to the court stating your claim is not sufficient. FAILURE TO FILE A CLAIM: Failure to file a claim with the court and serve a copy of the claim on the personal representative will in most instances invalidate your claim. IF YOU MAIL YOUR CLAIM: If you use the mail to file your claim with the court, for your protection you should send your claim by certified mail, with return receipt requested. If you use the mail to serve a copy of your claim on the personal representative, you should also use certified mail. Note: To assist the creditor and the court, please send a blank copy of the Creditor's Claim form with this notice. (Proof of Service by Mail on reverse) Form Adopted for Mandatory Use Judicial Council of California DE-157 [Rev. January 1, 2013] NOTICE OF ADMINISTRATION TO CREDITORS (Probate—Decedents’ Estates) 1. 2. 3. a. b. 4. Probate Code, §§ 9050, 9052 Page 1 of 2 a. b. EFFECT OF OTHER LAWS: Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California law. (Name): (Address): (Telephone): is the personal representative of the ESTATE OF (name): SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF (specify): STREET ADDRESS: MAILING ADDRESS: CITY AND ZIP CODE: BRANCH NAME: Case number (specify): (NAME) four months after (date): , the date letters (authority to act for the estate) were first 60 days after (date): , the date this notice was mailed or personally delivered to you. PROOF OF SERVICE BY MAIL I am over the age of 18 and not a party to this cause. I am a resident of or employed in the county where the mailing occurred. I served the foregoing Notice of Administration to Creditors a. b. I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the State of California that the foregoing is true and correct. * NOTE: To assist the creditor and the court, please send a blank copy of the Creditor's Claim (form DE-172) with the notice. Page 2 of 2 DE-157 [Rev. January 1, 2013] NOTICE OF ADMINISTRATION TO CREDITORS (Probate—Decedents’ Estates) [Optional] DE-157 1. 2. 3. 4. NAME AND ADDRESS OF EACH PERSON TO WHOM NOTICE WAS MAILED Name of person Address (number, street, city, state, and zip code) 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. My residence or business address is (specify): List of names and addresses continued in attachment. (You may use form POS-30(P) to show additional persons to whom a copy of this notice was mailed. Do not use page 2 of this form or form POS-030(P) to show that you personally delivered a copy of this notice to a creditor. You may use forms POS-020 and POS-020(P) for that purpose.) CASE NUMBER: ESTATE OF (Name): DECEDENT and a blank Creditor's Claim form* on each person named depositing the sealed envelope with the United States Postal Service with the postage fully prepaid. placing the envelope for collection and mailing on the date and at the place shown in item 4 following our ordinary business practices. I am readily familiar with the business’s practice for collecting and processing correspondence for mailing. On the same day that correspondence is placed for collection and mailing, it is deposited in the ordinary course of business with the United States Postal Service in a sealed envelope with postage fully prepaid. Date of deposit: a. Place of deposit (city and state): b. below by enclosing a copy in an envelope addressed as shown below AND (TYPE OR PRINT NAME) Date: (SIGNATURE OF DECLARANT) Print this formSave this formClear this form For your protection and privacy, please press the Clear This Form button after you have printed the form.

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