Probate is the process through which the court settles the financial affairs of a recently deceased person. The process can take 2-12 months, and most people do not need to hire a lawyer to get through it. Some people choose to hire an expensive lawyer and then work with the attorney's California probate paralegal. But there is another choice. Hiring a registered legal document assistant (LDA) for help with your probate forms is a better idea that will save the estate thousands of dollars!
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California has specific laws and rules about the process required to deal with creditors and debts in California probate. It is the estate’s executor or appointed representative's responsibility to notify all creditors of the probate proceedings. This notification allows creditors to make and file formal claims against the probate estate. It is important to note that creditors and interested parties usually have a limited amount of time to file a claim.
A People's Choice can help you understand the complexities surrounding California probate proceedings and help you file probate in California without an attorney. You don't need to hire an attorney to handle most California probate proceedings, and can easily complete probate with a registered legal document assistant.
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California probate can be broken down into separate phases, 1) preparing the initial petition and attending the hearing; 2) handling debts; 3) itemizing property and 4) distributing assets. This video explains the California probate timeline.
Understanding the complicated map of California probate can be overwhelming. A People's Choice can help you navigate through the complexities of California probate and save you the expensive statutory fees charged by attorneys. This video will show you how.
Learn the common warning signs of probate contests and estate litigation include sibling rivalry, a decedent with multiple marriages, and quarrelsome families. Knowing the signs and how to deal with them may avoid unnecessary litigation and estate disputes.
Learn how to file probate in Contra Costa county without a lawyer. Discover how to access Contra Costa County probate notes, find a Contra Costa co. probate referee and more!
A California Probate Code 850 Petition allows litigants to seek the transfer of real property into or out of a trust. This type of application is commonly called a Heggstad Petition. If the decedent failed to transfer all of his/her assets into a trust before dying, a California Probate Code 850 Petition (or Heggstad petition) [...]
It is common for people to make errors when attempting to probate their loved one’s estate. A People’s Choice recommends having a professional legal document preparer draft all probate documents to make sure the paperwork is accurate and properly completed. Below is an overview of the common errors in California probate that can easily be [...]
It is not uncommon for a minor to inherit property in California probate. Minors usually inherit property in probate when the decedent dies unexpectedly or when assets are not put into a trust properly. Under California law, when a minor inherits property or a large sum of money, an estate guardian must be appointed. Upon [...]
If there are no unusual problems, a typical California probate proceeding can be concluded in approximately seven to twelve months. Due to crowded court calendars, hearings are often held six to ten weeks after the initial probate petition is filed. After Letters of Administration are issued, there is a mandatory four-month creditor claim period. There [...]
In California, the contents of a probated estate must be inventoried and appraised. The estate’s appointed representative is required to perform an inventory of all assets and have them appraised. Regardless if the decedent left a will, his/her estate must be inventoried and appraised under probate. Read on to learn more about the California probate inventory and appraisal process as it pertains to various California probate proceedings.
The process of closing a California probate is complex and may appear to be tedious. Fortunately, with the help of a Registered Legal Document Assistant service, such as A People’s Choice, you can close your loved one’s estate error free and reduce your personal liability. Read on to learn more about the steps required to file [...]
Looking for California Probate forms? Here are links to common forms to probate an estate in California. You will also learn where you can get free forms and low-cost probate help for many types of routine California probate cases.
When a person dies in California, his/her estate must go through the probate process in order for the estate’s property and assets to transfer to the surviving heirs. Filing a California probate without a will is a straightforward process and most people can do it without the help of an attorney. Read on to learn [...]
Probate can be quite confusing and complex, especially when estimating probate costs and fees including attorney/executor fees and payment schedules. At A People’s Choice, we try to explain the probate process as simply as possible to get you on the right track quickly. If you have questions about California probate costs and fees, the following [...]
If you need California probate help and have inherited the responsibility to wrap up the affairs of a deceased family member or friend in California, you may find yourself wading through the process of probate. In California, law allows for statutory fees to be paid to the attorney handling the probate proceeding for the estate. These fees are very high [...]