Morrell legislation becomes law

By on July 8, 2015
Yucaipa News April 10th, 2015

Last week Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislatoin that was authored by State Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga). SB 785 provides clarification for those who are involved in the administration of an estate. The bill provides definitions for terms that previously caused unnecessarly litigation and confusion.

“SB 785 will help ensure a smoother process in administering an estate,” said Morrell. “When a loved one passes away, difficult decisions have to be made and wishes need to be carried out. The law should be as clear as possible in this area. It should not make this time any more trying than it already is.”

Provisions in the Probate Code contain numerous references to an individual’s estate, but in many cases, these references do not make clear whether they refer to an individual’s probate estate or his/her trust estate. This uncertainty can lead to confusion for those handling an estate, potentially resulting in misapplication of the law and wasteful litigation. Clarifying the provisions will assist in avoiding these problems.

SB 785 was signed July 2 and will take effect January 1, 2016. It passed the legislature with unanimous support.

Staff from Morrell’s district office will be holding office hours with constituents July 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Yucaipa Chamber of Commerce. Constituents are invited to stop by and discuss issues and seek assistance with problems they may be having with state agencies.

Morrell represents California’s 23rd State Senate District, which includes Yucaipa.