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.

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How Probate Works

The probate process is unique for each estate, but it always follows the same general outline:

  • Submitting the deceased person’s will, if there is one
  • Appointing a personal representative of the estate, usually the person designated as such in the will
  •  Giving people a chance to object to the authenticity or contents of the will
  • Giving creditors a chance to collect debts from the deceased person’s estate
  • Paying taxes on the estate
  • Distributing the remaining assets to the heirs to the estate
What our Clients Say...
“I cannot say enough about the time and money this company saved me. With their help I finished Probate in Tulare Co on my brother estate in little over 12 months. I am a letter carrier with no legal training, yet , I completed the entire process mainly because A People’s Choice walked me thru each step. They filed most papers electronically which resulted in me needing only three court appearances (and saved me from many trips to Visalia.) Keep in mind, all probates are different but if you have limited resources I recommend this company. The Probate Judge complimented me on the good work I received from A People’s Choice, saying this was not always to case with other legal help offices.”
Jack M.
“I used A People’s Choice to prepare and file documents to probate my sister’s estate.  I began the probate process in pro per and hired them after discovering the difficulty in processing the probate by myself.  Very knowledgeable with good technology to keep me informed.  Their fees were significantly less than what I would have had to pay for an attorney, yet their services were excellent. I can’s see where an attorney would have been any better (or as good). Highly recommend this service.”
Ron C.
“Can’t say enough about the level of service and professionalism I received working with A People’s Choice. Emails were always responded to quickly and thoughtfully. They really care about the process and helping you get the best result with no up-selling. Of course, they can’t provide legal advice, but I was referred to an attorney when I needed some questions answered who was very reasonable and easy to get a hold of as well. The process played out according to plan, and I ended up saving a lot of money by going with A People’s Choice over an attorney.”
M. Rice
“I am writing to give A People’s Choice my utmost recommendation. Living in New England, I found them on the web. After speaking with a staff member on the phone I had the confidence to give them my business. A People’s Choice handled my probate case with great professionalism and knowledge. My case turned out to be more complicated than originally believed, and the staff walked me through each step. They always responded promptly to my email questions. In the end, their service was exactly what I hoped for; they saved me thousands of dollars and allowed me to do it from across the country. They were truly a pleasure to work with.”
K. Levenson
“A People Choice provided excellent support with the appropriate legal documents and filing process in a spousal property petition after my husband passed. Lawyers wanted to charge me a fortune. However, once I spoke with someone at A People’s Choice, they took on my case and guided me through every step. A People’s Choice has years of experience, which gave me a sense of trust and confidence. I always got immediate feedback from every email request. If you need probate help, I would highly recommend A People’s Choice.”
Sylvia A
“I had a great experience with my California probate case using A People’s Choice! The people that assisted me were so helpful.  I certainly could not have done this probate by myself.  The best part was that I was able to save over $10,000 in lawyer fees!  All my emails were always returned so quickly. Needless to say, I am a very satisfied customer.  I would highly recommend A People’s Choice to all my friends and family!”
Joi C
“When my mother-in-law passed away last year, we didn’t know what to do. We contacted A People’s Choice and from day one they were very helpful. They held our hand every step of the way, and if I had a question any time of the day or night someone got back to me within a few hours. I highly recommend A People’s Choice if you don’t know what to do and don’t want to pay the high price of a lawyer, especially if you don’t have much money.”
Mikki C
“A People’s Choice helped us throughout our entire year-long probate making the process very easy and manageable while at the same time saving us thousands of dollars in lawyer’s fees. Not only were they extremely friendly and fast to respond to our questions but they made the process simple enough that we hardly ever had to contact the courthouse directly and we even had a hearing done without an appearance. Would highly recommend A People’s Choice to anyone!”
A. Vuckovich
“I must say that A People’s Choice is a very responsible and effective company. The staff there is very nice and replied to all my questions by email quickly. With their help, I accomplished the probate in 8 months successfully and saved at least $10,000.00 in attorney fees, so I strongly recommend everybody to contract with A People’s Choice and let them help you with your legal documents. You will be very satisfied with their work as I did!!!!”
C. Chiu
“Thanks to A People’s Choice, I was able to get through a probate matter very smoothly. I had not one issue with the Courts. They guided me through the whole probate until the very end. I live up north, but that didn’t matter, A People’s Choice did an excellent job keeping me informed with everything that I needed to do. I saved THOUSANDS of dollars by going with A People’s Choice. You can’t go wrong, no matter what your needs are. I saved a lot of money by not having to pay out a percentage to an attorney. Many thanks to the staff at A People’s Choice for the great help they give to everyone in their times of need like I was! Thank You.”
R. Leonard
“When my father passed away without a will, we needed help handling the transfer of his assets. Since there weren’t significant assets, I didn’t want to spend too much on the legal paperwork. A People’s Choice offered just the right service we needed. In particular, the staff was very responsive to our document filing needs, helping to turn around corrections almost immediately. They helped to ease a tough situation.”
Michael C.
“I used A People’s Choice for help with a probate matter. My grandfather died Christmas of 2016. He had a living trust, but no one was able to find it. We went to A People’s Choice, and we were able to do a probate affidavit to get what was left of my grandfather’s estate. Took two days for the documents to be prepared and the bank accepted them without any questions. Sandy was the one who assisted us, and we really appreciate the help that was provided. A+ service.”
David R.
“A People’s Choice worked on my probate case for over 1 year. Their knowledge, dedication, and commitment to clients are exceptional, preparing the required legal documents, and all the court filings. They used the e-filing system which really expedited the process. They always answered my emails in a very timely manner and were professional. The probate process is long and sometimes seems overwhelming. It’s also very expensive, A People’s Choice saved me thousands of dollars as compared to an attorney. I would highly recommend A People’s Choice for your probate needs. It’s cost effective, and they handle the entire process from beginning to end!”
C.K..
“Probate itself is a frustrating and expensive process. A People’s Choice was professional and courteous throughout a long probate process. Everyone I came in contact with at A People’s Choice was exceptionally helpful, patient, and professional. For those entering into the probate process, I must warn you that it is difficult to understand. The staff at A People’s Choice makes it as tolerable you could wish for.  The people who work there were kind, efficient, and understanding.  If you email your questions, they’ll get back to you and won’t make you feel like you are ignorant if you are unclear about any part of the process.”
Marcel B
“I needed help understanding and filling out legal documents, but I didn’t have enough money to pay for an attorney. After searching the internet, I found A People’s Choice. I was relieved to know that I would get the exact service that I needed at an affordable price. The staff was very professional and helpful with my legal documents. They worked around my schedule and responded to my emails in a timely manner. They took care of all the paperwork and filing and kept me posted. I would highly recommend A People’s Choice for your legal documents as you will get outstanding service at an affordable price.
Sharon B.
“After not having my call returned from a probate lawyer, I looked into doing a Spousal Property Petition myself.  A People’s Choice assisted me through the whole probate process and everything went smoothly.  When I appeared in court, I didn’t have to say a word. The judge just said, “granted.”  Using A People’s Choice I saved thousands of dollars, and I’m so glad that probate attorney didn’t return my call.  I highly recommend A People’s Choice.”
Donna G.
“A People’s Choice walked me through the entire probate process. This company is very professional and helpful and made a scary probate pretty much stress free. I would send an email with a question I had thought of over the weekend with the expectation I would get an answer on Monday but lo and behold, I often got an answer within minutes! Thank you to the staff for your guidance and patience to talk me through such a difficult time. You made the process very smooth! Probably saved us about $10,000! We are very pleased and will be referring our friends/family to A People’s Choice!”
L. Garrett.
“I had hoped to have my probate process taken care of by myself to save money. After the fourth attempt to file at the Clerk’s office, I left in tears and faced the reality of hiring an attorney. I look on the internet to find one and came across A People’s Choice. They offered a price that was way below what attorneys charge! They guided me through every step of the process and wrote up all the paperwork so that all I had to do was sign. It was really an amazing experience. They are a pleasure to work with.”
D. Chase.
“Thank you so much for all your help through this California probate process.  By using your company instead of a California probate lawyer, we were able to cut our expenses dramatically.  Thank you for answering my many questions and for giving me a heads up on documents that could be prepared in advance in order to save time and money.  There was always someone available to help! Thank you again.”
Craig K.

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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