Governor vetoes bill to update probate code to protect pets

On September 19, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown vetoed AB 1520, a bill introduced by Assemblyman Mike Gatto and passed 72-0 in the California State Assembly. This bill gained notoriety for being the first “crowd-sourced” bill, written by Gatto’s constituents on a wiki. What was the topic of the bill? Updating the probate code to help protect our pets.

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The probate process explained

The passing of a loved one is a difficult time, and the need to settle their estate can only make matters worse. Without a Trust in place, the estate will have to go through probate.

Probate is a costly, emotionally taxing, and complicated process. Numerous, complex laws govern the probate process in California. Elizabeth A. Tresp, Attorney at Law, will guide you through the probate process with care, compassion, and confidence.

With Elizabeth’s guidance, you will avoid the pitfalls that can lead to significant and costly errors.


When a California property owner dies, most assets not held in Trust must be administered and disposed of under court supervision as governed by the decedent's Last Will and Testament. If there is no will, State law governs the administration and distribution. Unfortunately, this process causes delays and can eat up a large portion of the estate.

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