Probating an estate on your own saves you from paying thousands of dollars in attorneys fees. However, it's not necessarily easy to do totally by yourself. Instead, when you hire A People's Choice to help with your DIY probate, you can be confident in the outcome. Read on to learn more about our services and how to start your probate today!
The main purpose of probate law in California is to make sure the deceased person’s assets get passed on to the people he or she wants to inherit them. Through this process, the court resolves the deceased person’s other unresolved financial matters. The lifecycle of an estate lasts only as long as the probate process. At the end of probate, the estate settles, and the heirs collect their inheritance.
Probate of a will or estate usually takes nine months to a year, unless there is a dispute over the deceased person’s intentions. Fortunately, probate does not have to be expensive. If the estate of which you are in charge has a value that does not exceed $166,250, you can do a simplified probate alternative instead of the full probate. These alternative processes are faster than full probate, and they cost less. If the estate is worth more than that the process is a bit more involved but you may not need a lawyer. 90% of probate is paperwork, and in the case of the simplest probate alternatives, 100% is paperwork. You do not need a lawyer for probate of a will or estate, just an expert in probate court documents, such as a non-attorney legal document assistant.