I'm an executor for my father's estate, which currently holds a share of mineral rights on two properties (non-producting), one in Kern County, the other in Kings County, California.
The will requires my father's estate to be split amongst myself and two siblings. My father's will, place of residence, and place of death were out-of-state (out-of-country, to be exact).
No assets of my father's estate have required probate so far, and I would naturally like to avoid paying probate fees if possible.
I'm pretty sure I'll need a lawyer at some point, but can anyone offer a high-level view on what the process of transferring the rights will be? And, more importantly, if probate will be required under these circumstances?