• Cheap Probate Options in California

Cheap Probate Options in California

Despite common belief, you do not have to hire an attorney to probate an estate in California. Most estate executors or administrators often believe they are not capable of probating an estate without legal representation by a probate attorney. This is simply not true. Unless estate assets are in controversy with family members or creditors, most estates can easily be probated. 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!

At A People’s Choice, we have provided many of our customers with cheap probate options in California. Contact us to learn more information about the probate services we provide. Read on to learn more about cheap probate options in California.

“A People’s Choice helped us throughout our entire year-long probate making the process very easy and manageable. They also were able to save us time as well as thousands of dollars in lawyer’s fees. ” A. Vuckovich
“They were extremely friendly and fast to respond to questions and made the process simple. We hardly ever had to contact the courthouse directly and even had our hearing without an appearance.” A. Vuckovich
“Having now used the probate services of A People’s Choice, I would highly recommend their services to anyone!” We had a great experience and are very pleased.” A. Vuckovick

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Affordable, Cheap Probate Options in California

Probating an estate in California with an attorney can be costly. This is because the probate attorney fees in California are based on a statutory percentage of the gross value of the estate. For example, if the gross value of estate’s assets are $150,000, an attorney will receive up to $5,500 in fees. The fee does not correlate to how much work the attorney actually performs.

Hire a Registered Legal Document Assistant

One of the best (and often unknown) cheap probate options in California is to hire a registered legal document assistant to help in filing out the California probate paperwork. Probate primarily consists of filing paperwork with the court. Most probate executors or administrators rarely make court appearances. Instead of paying thousands of dollars in attorney fees, hire a legal document assistant. At A People’s Choice, our staff can help you administer your loved one’s estate by completing all the required probate forms you need to begin and complete the probate. We also manage and monitor the probate process, giving you all necessary help along the way, until the case is closed.

Filing a Heggstad Petition

When considering cheap probate options in California, you may consider filing a Heggstad petition. Filing a Heggstad Petition is a court process used to transfer the decedent’ assets into a trust. This process is typically used when real estate or other high value assets were inadvertently left out of the decedent’s living trust. Successfully transferring assets into a previously established living trust of the decedent can help you avoid probate altogether. Contact us for more information about how to file a Heggstad Petition to avoid having to file a full California probate.

Simplified Probate Proceedings in California

There are other cheap probate options in California. Depending on the gross value of the estate, the estate may qualify to be administered under one of California’s simplified “small estate” probate procedures. Simplified probate procedures allow an executor to distribute trust assets without having to go through the traditional probate process. You can use the simplified probate if the estate has a gross value up to $150,000.

One of the most utilized cheap probate options in California is filing a simple affidavit. The affidavit process is only available for estates that either 1) have no real property and the total value is under $150,000 or 2) have real property with a gross value less than $50,000.  If the estate qualifies, probate can be skipped altogether. You will have to prepare an affidavit stating that the heirs and beneficiaries are entitled to specific property. Again, the value of the estate must be less than $150,000  or any real property held within the estate must be less than $50,000 in value.

Spousal Property Petition

Another affordable probate option is to use a spousal property petition. There is no limit on the amount of property that can be transferred under this method. Contact us online for more details about cheap probate alternatives in California or call now at 800-747-2780.

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By | 2018-01-18T15:46:19+00:00 April 28th, 2017|Probate|0 Comments

About the Author:

Sandra M. McCarthy, founder of A People’s Choice Inc., has worked exclusively in the legal field since 1976. She served as the 2004-2005 President of CALDA (California Association of Legal Document Assistants). She obtained a Paralegal Certificate from the University of California, Santa Barbara. During her career in the legal field, she has worked as a freelance paralegal, law office manager and paralegal studies teacher, and has co-authored numerous legal publications and written hundreds of self-help legal articles. As a registered Legal Document Assistant, Sandy is dedicated to providing affordable, low-cost, self-help document preparation services for California consumers in all 58 counties.

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