Do you need to file probate in Mariposa County? A People’s Choice can help you prepare and file the legal documents you need to probate your loved one’s estate. You may not know this, but you do not need to hire an attorney to file probate in Mariposa County. In other words, you can file probate yourself. With this in mind, you may be questioning how can a lay person can navigate the seven month California probate process on their own?

To explain, you can easily probate an estate working with a legal document preparer for a fraction of the cost an attorney would charge. It is important to realize, California allows attorneys to charge statutory fees to probate an estate. Unfortunately, the fee paid is in proportion to the total gross value of the estate. For example, though an attorney may perform the same amount of work to probate a $500,000 estate vs $800,000, the attorney will be paid a higher fee on the later because of the estate’s higher value.

A People’s Choice has helped many California residents probate estates. Check out our reviews to learn more information about the great work we do for people. Using our tried-and-true streamlined process, we complete most of our probate cases within a year of filing.

What our Clients Say...
“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.

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Important Money Saving Tip!

The average house value in Mariposa County is $262,400 and values have gone up 11.9% over the past year. Probate attorneys charge statutory fees based on the gross value of the estate, starting at 4%, on a tiered scale. For example, attorneys fees for a $250,000 estate filed in Mariposa County would be $8,000! By using the flat fee services of an experienced probate legal document assistant, the estate can save thousands of dollars.

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How to File for Probate in Mariposa County

An immediate family member of the decedent or person appointed in a Will can start the probate process. First, If there is a will, the probate representative/executor will need to lodge original Will with the court. Next, the representative must file a Petition for Probate. The personal representative must file the Probate Petition in the county the decedent last resided. If, however, the decedent did not live in California, the representative can file probate in the county where the decedent owned real property.  Next, the court will determine whether a Will is valid (if there is one) and may or may not require the representative to get a bond. Once approved, the court will issue “Letters Testamentary” or “Letters of Administration” which appoint the representative as the estate’s representative and give the representative authority to act on behalf of the estate.

The representative must take an inventory of the decedent’s assets and debts. Likewise, a probate referee will be appointed by the court to value all non-monetary assets. Next, once assets are valued, the representative is charged with paying all debts and tax liabilities of the decedent. Providing that the asset value is greater than the debt, the representative can petition the court to distribute all remaining assets to the decedent’s beneficiaries and heirs.

Where to File Probate in Mariposa County

The Mariposa County probate court supervises the probate process including identifying and gathering assets of the decedent to pay outstanding debts and ultimately distributing the balance to rightful heirs and beneficiaries. The Mariposa County court hears probate matters at the following place:

Historic Courthouse
5088 Bullion Street
Mariposa, CA 95338

Court hours are from 8:00 – 4:00 PM excluding court holidays. Many documents will be filed in a probate case. With this in mind, clients of A People’s Choice can have peace of mind knowing that A People’s Choice will submit all the probate paperwork and manage the case until its completion.

Mariposa County Probate Rules

Given the importance of understanding the local court process, we highly recommend all clients review the local court rules before they file for probate in Mariposa County. The local rules outline the probate process specific to Mariposa County probate cases. More specifically, the rules specify how the personal representative must file and process probate documents with the court, and address other peculiarities of Mariposa County probate cases. In this regard, you will need to contact the court at (209) 966-2005 to get a copy of the Mariposa County local rules.

Adjudicated Newspapers for Mariposa County

Afer filing probate, the personal representative must arrange for publication of the probate notice in a newspaper of general circulation in the County of Mariposa (The Mariposa Gazette).  In particular, arrangements for publication in the newspaper must be made as soon as possible after filing the Petition so as not to delay the entering of an Order for Probate at the first hearing. For more information about the publication process, please contact the Mariposa Gazette at (209) 966-2500.

Mariposa County Probate Examiner

There is no direct contact information for the probate examiner who oversees Mariposa County probate cases. In general, many smaller counties such as Mariposa County, may not have probate notes available before scheduled hearings. In this regard, you can contact the Court Clerk at (209) 966-2005 for more detailed information about how to reach the probate examiner once your probate has been filed and assigned a case number.

Mariposa County Probate Referee

There is only one probate referee who handles valuing and appraising all Mariposa county probate estates.

Michael R. Michael, 21 Theall Street, Sonora, CA  95370; Phone: (209) 532-0628; FAX: (209) 532-9112; e-mail: probate@wright-app.com

How to Complete Probate in Mariposa County

Contact our office today if you need to file probate in Mariposa County or if you need more information about our services. Using our non-attorney probate services to file probate in Mariposa County will undoubtedly save the estate thousands of dollars. Most importantly, this decision will end up putting more money into the pockets of the beneficiaries and heirs.

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