My Mom died last week in California, and I am the executor of her tiny estate consisting of about $900 in a bank account. She owed no debts that I know of. The county probate department has told me we do not need to go through probate because her estate is so small, so we won't need to hire a lawyer. I asked them if we need to post a legal Notice to Creditors in a newspaper, but the probate department said they were not legally allowed to answer that question. Do any of you know if we need to post the legal notice? It will cost between $150-255 as far as I can tell.