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Do You Need a Probate Lawyer?

By |2020-01-02T10:52:13-08:00January 1st, 2020|Probate|

People often think they need a probate lawyer to file probate. After all, the probate process requires filing many court documents and completing a variety of tasks over a 9 to 12-month period. Fortunately, probate is mostly paperwork and knowing how to move the case through the court process. So, although you may not need a probate lawyer, it is crucial to complete the paperwork and file the documents correctly. Hiring an experienced probate legal document assistant is a great way to avoid paying statutory fees to attorneys and save the estate thousands of dollars.

The DE-111 Petition for Probate

By |2020-01-02T10:53:38-08:00January 1st, 2020|Probate|

On its face, the DE-111 petition for probate looks fairly simple. We often receive calls from people who wonder why they need to hire someone to prepare such a simple-looking document. Unfortunately, to file a DE-111 petition for probate you will need several different forms and attachments. Although the DE-111 appears, on its face, to be somewhat simple, the completed documents with the required special attachments can be complicated. Surprisingly, a properly completed Petition is typically 15-20 pages!

Hiring a California Probate Paralegal

By |2020-01-02T10:54:59-08:00January 1st, 2020|Probate|

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!

California Simplified Probate Procedures Allow Transfer of Real Property

By |2020-01-02T12:44:00-08:00January 1st, 2020|Estate Planning, Probate, Real Property|

Use California simplified probate procedures to transfer real property valued under $166,250, and bypass expensive probate. California simplified probate procedures can be used to transfer personal property as well as real property and can be completed within 1-2 months. Make sure you know your probate options!

How to Find a Probate Attorney

By |2019-12-15T17:03:25-08:00December 15th, 2019|Probate|

Being the personal representative of an estate is a big responsibility. When a parent or family member has passed away, you may think you need to find a probate attorney to settle the estate.  Lawyers’ services can be expensive, though. After talking with a probate lawyer, however, you might decide that a better choice is to hire a registered legal document assistant to prepare your probate forms. Here's what you need to know.

Choosing the Best Probate Service in California

By |2019-11-28T18:17:25-08:00November 28th, 2019|Probate|

Can there be anything good about probate? Why do people often delay taking an estate through the probate process whenever possible? Why does probate have such a bad reputation, and how can you make it easier? It's no wonder people want to avoid probate and pay the high statutory fees charged by probate attorneys. When searching out the best probate service in California, hiring a probate lawyer is not the answer. Although the probate process is lengthy, probate is really just a matter of submitting paperwork to the court and completing the required steps. The best probate service in California is a registered legal document preparation service with a long-standing reputation and experience providing probate help.

Selling Personal Property During Probate

By |2019-10-27T18:10:38-07:00October 27th, 2019|Probate|

Sometimes, it is necessary to sell some of the decedent's assets during probate in order to pay the debts. Another reason to sell property during probate is because selling a property and dividing the proceeds among several heirs is much easier than having the heirs share the inherited asset. California’s Probate Code has different rules that govern how to sell property during probate. The difference is whether the court grants to personal representative limited authority or full authority.

How to File Probate in Del Norte County

By |2019-09-08T17:26:40-07:00September 8th, 2019|Probate|

Do you need to file probate in Del Norte County? Contact A People’s Choice to learn more about the legal document preparation services we provide to pro se litigants. You don't need to hire an expensive probate attorney to file probate in Del Norte County. A People's Choice can help you complete the forms you need to start and complete the probate process, and save the estate thousands of dollars in legal fees.

How to File Emergency Probate in California  

By |2019-09-08T17:31:41-07:00September 8th, 2019|Probate|

Most people never face an emergency when going through the probate process. There are certain situations, however, that lead to probate emergencies and the need to file emergency probate. This special petition is known as a Petition for Letters of Special Administration. If the Petition is approved, the Court Clerk will issue Letters of Special Administration. Letters of Special Administration are temporary Letters of authority that can be approved by the Probate Judge for a specific purpose on an ex parte basis (without a hearing).

How to File Probate in Modoc County

By |2019-09-07T15:07:47-07:00September 7th, 2019|Probate|

If you live in Modoc County and are facing having to file probate, you may not be aware that you can file probate in Modoc County without hiring an attorney! Most large estates can be probated without an attorney. Attorneys charge expensive statutory fees to probate estates. A People's Choice has helped thousands of people file probate in California. People that use our self-help probate service avoid paying those expensive statutory attorney fees, saving the estate thousands of dollars.

How to Object to a Petition for Probate

By |2019-09-02T16:32:38-07:00August 18th, 2019|Probate|

There are many reasons to formally object to a petition for probate. If you think that there is something incorrect in a will, you can file an objection at the beginning of the probate process.  You may want to object to the appointment of a specific person petitioning to be the estate administrator. Most people who file objections are family members of the deceased person.

Creditor’s Claim vs. Administrative Expense in Probate

By |2020-01-02T10:55:49-08:00July 21st, 2019|Probate|

You have spent your own personal money in settling a decedent's estate. Do you file a creditor's claim or is the money you paid an administrative expense in probate? If you use your own monies to cover an administrative expense in probate, certain protocols exist to protect both you and the estate. You must be legally entitled to the compensation and correctly file to receive it. Failure in this could result in a much more complicated probate and even accusations that you are attempting to make an unreasonable "creditor claim."

When Do You Need a Probate Bond?

By |2019-07-21T13:07:06-07:00July 21st, 2019|Probate|

In California, the probate process often takes a long time. During the average 9 to 12 months of probate, someone must pay bills, sell assets when appropriate, and protect property from theft. The estate must trust that "someone," the executor, to handle the process wisely and well. In order to protect against mismanagement, you may need a probate bond. Learn about the options you may have as a personal representative of an estate.

How to File Probate in Colusa County

By |2019-07-06T19:12:29-07:00July 6th, 2019|Probate|

Contrary to popular belief, you don't need an attorney to file probate in Colusa County. Most people can complete the probate process without hiring an attorney. However, when you file probate in Colusa County, expect the process to take between 7-9 months to complete. In this regard, because of the many steps involved in probate, you definitely will need some professional legal help to complete the process. A People's Choice can help you file probate in Colusa County. Contact us today to find out more information on our probate legal document preparation services.

How to Avoid Statutory Attorney Fees in Probate (California)

By |2019-07-28T12:55:32-07:00July 4th, 2019|Probate|

In California, attorneys charge statutory fees to probate an estate. However, statutory attorney fees in probate are avoidable. How do you avoid paying statutory fees when you file probate in California? First and foremost, consider hiring a legal document preparer to help you. At A People’s Choice, we have helped thousands of consumers just like you to complete a California probate for a fraction of the cost charged by lawyers!

Steps to Get Letters Testamentary in Probate

By |2019-07-06T19:56:36-07:00July 3rd, 2019|Probate|

After someone dies in California, an estate may have to through probate. If the estate is large and the decedent had a Will, the first step is to get Letters Testamentary in probate. Probate in California involves many steps. Although probate is complicated, you will not likely need an attorney to handle probate in California. An experienced legal document preparer can help for most estates.

When is Probate Required in California?

By |2020-01-02T10:35:44-08:00June 12th, 2019|Probate|

Probate is the court proceeding that transfers property from a deceased person to their heirs.  But when is probate required? Some estates do not require probate in order to be settled and distributed to the heirs. Instead, these estates may go through a small estate process instead. These small estate procedures are much faster and cheaper than probate. Unfortunately, not all estates have this option.

Get Emergency Letters of Special Administration in Probate

By |2019-09-08T07:59:28-07:00May 10th, 2019|Probate|

In a routine probate proceeding, the court will typically set the first probate hearing about six to eight weeks after the filing of the probate petition. Sometimes, there may be special circumstances where an administrator needs to be appointed immediately.  In this case, it is possible to ask the court for emergency Letters of Special Administration in Probate. These emergency Letters will give an individual temporary but immediate authority to act on behalf of the probate estate.

Quick Start Probate Interview

By |2019-12-17T08:46:39-08:00May 5th, 2019|

ALERT: “Save and Continue Later” is a three-step process. If you want to pause the interview 1) click on the text “save and continue later” above; 2) enter your email address on the next screen and 3) click “Send Mail”. This will send a link to the email address provided so [...]

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