Hiring a California Probate Paralegal

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!

By |2019-09-02T12:08:28-08:00August 12th, 2019|Probate|4 Comments

How to Get Letters of Administration in 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.

By |2019-05-12T08:29:57-08:00December 15th, 2018|Probate|0 Comments

Fees and Costs to Probate in California

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 [...]

By |2018-01-18T15:46:17-08:00April 29th, 2017|Probate|8 Comments

How to Complete Probate Inventory and Appraisal

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 [...]

By |2018-01-18T15:46:27-08:00January 31st, 2017|Probate|0 Comments

Notice Requirements in Probate

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 [...]

By |2018-01-18T15:46:31-08:00December 29th, 2016|Probate|0 Comments

File Probate in Orange County

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 [...]

By |2018-01-18T15:46:36-08:00November 11th, 2016|Probate|Comments Off on File Probate in Orange County

Steps to Getting a Bond in Probate  

When a person passes away, and leaves behind a will, the estate’s executor will need to probate the will. The administration of the will ensures the decedent’s debts are paid prior to beneficiaries receiving their inheritance. The fiduciary duties of the executor may require getting a bond in probate.When a will is admitted into probate, [...]

By |2018-01-18T15:46:41-08:00August 23rd, 2016|Probate|Comments Off on Steps to Getting a Bond in Probate  

Handling Creditor Claims in Probate

The Letters issued by the Court grant authority to the Personal Representative to administer a decedent's estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. The court can grant the representative Full or Limited Authority. This authority includes a wide range of rights and responsibilities, one of which is handling creditor claims in probate. How to [...]

By |2018-01-18T15:46:45-08:00July 8th, 2016|Probate|Comments Off on Handling Creditor Claims in Probate