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 may not be 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 many types of legal documents a registered legal document assistant can help with. As with any legal process that can be completed through paperwork, using a registered legal document assistant to complete your California probate will undoubtedly save you thousands of dollars. An experienced registered legal document assistant will charge you a reasonable fee for the actual work they perform and you will not have to pay the statutory fees charged by attorneys.
Finding the Best Probate Service in California
As with most service type of businesses, experience and reputation counts. When searching for the best probate service in California to handle your California probate, it’s critical to make sure the company you hire will be able to successfully get you to to the end of the probate process. For example, you should consider:
- How long has the probate service been in business?
- What “added value” services does the company include?
- Does the probate service help to file your probate documents with the court?
- How does the probate service help you keep the probate case on track?
- What do previous customers say about the company?
Most estates that go through probate in California settle within a year if you file documents on time and handle the case properly. More importantly, many of these estates can easily be settled without the personal representative of the estate hiring a lawyer. Remember, some estates may not need to go through probate at all. Obviously, the best probate service is no probate service if your estate does not need to go through probate!
The only probate services most people need are the professional preparation of documents related to the probate of the estate. Which documents you will need depends on the details of the estate you are representing. These are some factors to consider:
- What is the value of the estate?
- Was the deceased person married at the time of his or her death?
- Does the deceased person have a will?
- Did the deceased person own any real estate properties?
So Many Choices…
The number of probate services you can find online nowadays is countless. So what’s the difference between them? First and foremost, many of these services are “hands-off” automated services. This means they are nothing more than an online form software service. A customer answers online questions and their documents are automatically generated. Next, the customer is required to file their documents and navigate through a complexity of steps over the next 9-10 months on their own. These services are far from ideal since navigating the process and steps in California probate is far more complex than it may seem.
Secondly, many of these probate services have not been in business for very long. Companies have recently discovered that offering non-attorney probate services can greatly enhance revenues. That’s great if the company knows what they’re doing. You don’t, however, want your case to be part of their “learning curve” as it could cause countless, unnecessary delays in your probate case.
A People’s Choice offers the ideal mix of online convenience with professional and experienced hands-on probate help. Although our customers provide information about their case through a convenient online interface, all probate documents are personally prepared by our experienced probate staff. In addition, our integrated case management system will help make sure your probate case stays on track. Although a legal document assistant cannot give its customers legal advice, we can bring attention to possible problems and deficiencies for our client’s consideration. This unique hands-on process dramatically reduces errors and discrepancies in the customer’s completed probate documentation. As a result, most of our Petition filings are pre-approved by the probate court even before the customer’s scheduled hearing. Lastly, A People’s Choice has been in business for over 40 years, earning an excellent reputation in the legal community, with courts and judges alike.
When to Hire a Lawyer
The need to hire a lawyer does not necessarily coincide with the value of the estate. This means that, whether the value of the estate is worth $500,000 or $2,000,000 you can easily complete a probate case in California if the heirs are cooperating amongst themselves. However, if disputes are surrounding the estate, such as a will contest or the heirs are fighting, you may want to consider hiring a lawyer. Otherwise, your best choice is to have the documents professionally prepared by an experienced registered legal document assistant and to skip hiring a lawyer. Hiring a registered legal document assistant to prepare your probate forms is cost-effective and can save you the stress of having to figure out how to prepare the documents yourself and navigate the complex California probate process.
The Probate Service You Need Without Unnecessary Expense
We believe A People’s Choice is by far the best probate service in California. We offer competitive, low fees coupled with professional document preparation and added-value services lacking by other companies. As mentioned above, A People’s choice has over 40 years of experience providing low-cost legal document services for California legal matters. We regularly receive referrals by Court Clerks, attorneys, real estate agents, and even probate Judges! Engaging our probate services will most certainly make the probate process painless. More importantly, this decision will save the estate thousands of dollars. Contact A People’s Choice about preparing the probate forms necessary for settling your family member’s estate. Call us today at 800-747-2780.
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