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!
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.
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.
There are five steps to open an estate bank account. 1) File Probate; 2) Get Letters Issued; 3) Apply for Tax ID Number (EIN); 4) Select the Bank; 5) Deposit Funds and Open Account. Opening an estate bank account is not difficult if you have the correct forms. It is a good idea to hire a registered legal document assistant to help you with the probate process so there will be no delays to be able to open an estate account during probate.
In order to get Letters of administration, a full probate is filed that requests the court to name as personal representative of the estate. The court issues Letters of Administration when there 1) is no will; 2) when there is a will, but the will doesn't name an executor; or 3) the named executor is deceased and there is no alternate person named to act.
Potential probate clients who phone our office often ask "what are the costs to probate in California?" Not surprising, the answer will depend on who you choose to help you with the process. Most lawyers charge by the hour or collect a flat fee when representing clients. However, when filing a California probate, statutory provisions [...]
When an estate is probated, the executor or personal representative must complete an Inventory and Appraisal. This involves a complete listing of estate assets as of the decedent's date of death. We often receive calls from individuals about how to complete probate inventory and appraisal forms. Below is a brief overview on how to complete [...]
A People’s Choice has worked with many clients who own real estate in multiple states. This may include a second home, a vacation home or property rentals. Multiple properties usually do not have an adverse effect on the probate process; however, if a person passes away with property in more than one state, this often [...]
In California, when probating a will, all interested parties must be notified. The notice requirements in probate vary from case to case but basically include all interested parties such as beneficiaries, heirs, and the estate’s creditors. In addition, special notice may be required to various governmental agencies such as the Department of Healthcare Services and [...]
At A People’s Choice, we can help you file probate in Orange County. Hiring an Orange County probate attorney is expensive. This is in large part due to the statutory fees Orange County probate attorneys can charge for high valued estates. Attorneys are not paid based on how complex the probate case is, but rather [...]