California Probate Blog And News2018-03-02T22:20:26-08:00

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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.

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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.

How to File Probate in Del Norte County

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  

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

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

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.

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!

Creditor’s Claim vs. Administrative Expense in 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."

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