Do You Need a Probate Lawyer?

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.

By |2020-01-02T10:52:13-08:00January 1st, 2020|Probate|0 Comments

Choosing the Best Probate Service in California

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.

By |2019-11-28T18:17:25-08:00November 28th, 2019|Probate|0 Comments

Selling Personal Property During 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.

By |2019-10-27T18:10:38-07:00October 27th, 2019|Probate|3 Comments

When is Probate Required in California?

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.

By |2020-01-02T10:35:44-08:00June 12th, 2019|Probate|1 Comment

The Probate Process in California

The probate process in California starts after someone dies. Depending on the size of the estate, the process of probating an estate can be surprisingly quick and simple to complete. For larger estates, probate may be lengthy and more complex. Here's what you need to know to start the probate process in California.

By |2019-07-28T17:16:33-07:00April 19th, 2018|Probate|2 Comments

Probate Attorney Alternatives in California

Probating an estate may feel overwhelming at times and can be very expensive using an attorney. From completing all the probate forms to making court appearances, most people consider hiring an attorney to handle their probate matters. Though it may be convenient to hire an attorney, hiring one is not required under California’s probate laws. [...]

By |2018-01-18T15:46:18-08:00April 29th, 2017|Probate|0 Comments

Cheap Probate Options in California

Despite common belief, you do not have to hire an attorney to probate an estate in California. The probate process requires little to no court appearances or trials and the process is completely "document-driven". Hiring the services of an experienced California probate legal document assistant is one of the best cheap probate options in California. More importantly, using the service of a legal document assistant is substantially cheaper than hiring a California probate attorney!

By |2020-01-02T12:38:34-08:00April 28th, 2017|Probate|0 Comments

How to File Probate in California

Losing a love one can be devastating. While most families grieve their loss, those left behind must also figure out what to do with their loved one’s estate. To distribute assets of a deceased person’s estate to his/her loved ones, a petition for probate must be filed with California court (if assets are held outside [...]

By |2020-01-02T12:27:17-08:00March 25th, 2017|Probate|0 Comments

Common Errors in California Probate

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 [...]

By |2018-01-18T15:46:28-08:00January 16th, 2017|Probate|Comments Off on Common Errors in California Probate