In California, the probate process begins in the superior court for the county where the deceased was living at the time of his or her death. The first step is filing the initial petition with the court. This filing initiates the administrative process. The next step is a hearing, which is typically set for thirty days after the petition is filed. Notice of the hearing will be published in order to inform all interested parties of the proceedings, including potential heirs and creditors. The requirements for the notice are established by the court.