Do you need file probate in Alpine County? Keep in mind, there are several different options that can be used to settle a decedent’s estate in California. More importantly, not all estates require probate. Filing probate allows the court to supervise the administration of a deceased person’s estate. This process includes making sure proper notice of decedent’s death is given and paying decedent’s outstanding debts and taxes. That is to say, once all debts and taxes are paid, the court will approve the remaining assets to be distributed to the decedent’s beneficiaries and heirs. Most probate matters can be completed within a year of filing.

You do not need to hire an attorney to file probate in Alpine County, California. Most probate attorneys charge outrageous fees which could result in beneficiaries and/or heirs inheriting next to nothing from the decedent. This is in large part due to the California statutory fee structure for probate attorneys. Such fees are based on the value of the decedent’s estate and not the total value of work completed therein.

Contact A People’s Choice for more information on how to file probate in Alpine County. Remember, most probate matters are usually settled in less than one year in California. We can help you complete and file the forms you need to complete the entire probate process. Read on to learn more.

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How to File for Probate in Alpine County

File the required Judicial Council forms to begin probate. The local court may require additional forms to be completed and filed as well. Next, the probate referee will review all filed forms before the judge hears the case. For example, the referee may point out conflicting information or deficiencies in the paperwork and recommend revisions. Work with an experienced legal document preparer to reduce the risk of your probate case being delayed or forms being rejected by the Alpine court.

In a probate case, a probate referee will appraise all non-monetary assets of the estate. The estate’s assets will be liquidated to pay outstanding creditors. Any remaining assets will be distributed to beneficiaries and heirs. As you can see, the probate process is relatively simple. Though it may take some time and effort on your part if appointed as the personal representative, it is well worth the cost savings of not working with an attorney.

Tips to File Probate in Alpine County

Contact A People’s Choice before you hire an attorney to file probate in Alpine County. Remember, most people can probate their loved one’s estate without legal representation. The probate process primarily involves completing many court forms and filing them in a timely manner with the court. In other words, you can end up paying attorney thousands of dollars to complete forms that you could have easily prepared. On the other hand, however, if you are dealing with a probate contest, you should consider consulting with an attorney. You can get any necessary legal advice and guidance on how to best settle your contested matter.

In contrast, if your probate case is not contested you may be able to easily complete the probate process yourself. At A People’s Choice, we have helped thousands of self-represented people complete probate in California. Contact us today for more information on how to file for probate in Alpine County without paying outrageous attorney fees.

Where to File Probate in Alpine County

The Superior Court of California, County of Alpine is located at 14777 State Route 89, Markleeville, CA 96120. Contact the court clerk at 530-694-2113. Keep in mind that the court is located in a very remote mountain region where there is severe winter weather that can result in road closures and/or hazardous driving conditions. The court does make accommodation for unforeseen circumstances that could make it difficult to attend court hearings or appear for a scheduled appearance. However, you should anticipate this and make your plans accordingly for any required appearances.

Alpine County Probate Rules

Every court has their own local rules. In particular, these rules identify and provide specific requirements about how a particular county requires things done. Keep in mind, these rules will vary from county to county and are not uniform throughout California. Consequently, it is important to review the Local Rules of court before filing for probate in Alpine County.

Adjudicated Newspapers for Alpine County

Alpine County does not have an adjudicated newspaper of general circulation. As a result, you can publish the required probate notice in the Tahoe Daily Tribune, the closest newspaper of general circulation in the adjoining county.

 Tahoe Daily Tribune
3079 Harrison Ave.S. Lake Tahoe, CA 96150Phone: 530-541-3880Legal: 530-542-8042

Alpine County Probate Referee

R. Michael Wright is the only probate referee serving Alpine County. The probate referee’s job is to value and appraise all the non-cash assets of the probate estate. This is a three-step process. First, the personal representative prepares an Inventory and Appraisal form and sends it to the probate referee. Next, the probate referee values the assets and completes the Inventory. Third, the Inventory is filed with the court with the referee’s valuations.  You can contact the probate referee at 21 Theall Street, Sonora, CA  95370  Phone: (209) 532-0628; FAX: (209) 532-9112; e-mail:

How to Complete Probate in Alpine County

If you need to file probate in Alpine County, you should consider using the services of A People’s Choice. Using our non-attorney probate services will undoubtedly save the estate thousands of dollars, putting more money into the pockets of the beneficiaries and heirs. Contact A People’s Choice today at 800-747-2780 for more information on how to file probate in Alpine County.

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