Assembly Bill 708 (Harris – 1987)
Chapter 923, Statutes of 1987 - AB 708
Numerous sections relating to probate law and procedure were affected in 1987 following legislative approval of Assembly Bill 708. (See Exhibit #1g) This measure was introduced by Assembly member Elihu M. Harris on February 18, 1987 at the request of the California Law Revision Commission [hereinafter referred to as “the Commission” or “CLRC”]. (See Exhibits #1a and #8, page 1) The Assembly Committee on Judiciary analysis of Assembly Bill 708 as amended on April 23, 1987 briefly described the bill as “comprehensively revises the law relating to Probate Law, particularly the administration of decedent’s estates and the estates of missing persons.” (See Exhibit #3, page 1)
Assembly Bill 708 was assigned to the Assembly Committee on Judiciary and the Senate Committee on Judiciary where policy issues raised by the bill were considered. (See Exhibits #2, #3 and #6) Five amendments plus one printer’s correction were made to Assembly Bill 708. (See Exhibits #1b through #1f; and #2) Subsequent to legislative approval, Governor George Deukmejian signed the bill on September 21, 1987, and it was recorded by the Secretary of State on the following day as Chapter 923 of the Statutes of 1987. (See Exhibits #1g and #2)
The Concurrence in Senate Amendments analysis provides the following digest of the bill as last amended on August 26, 1987:
. . .this bill reorganized, revised, and clarified existing statutory provisions of, as well as codified certain decisional law relative to, Probate Law. Numerous substantive changes were made to the law, particularly to the provisions relating to the supervised administration of decedent's estate; the Independent Administration of Estates Act; creditor claims against decedent's estate; administration of estates of missing persons; notification in probate proceedings; notification in guardianship and conservatorship proceedings; and marital deduction gifts.
(See Exhibit #11a)