File Probate in Mariposa County

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 for the preparation and filing of court documents in connection with probate for my sister’s estate.  I began the probate process in pro per without knowing of the services of A People’s Choice.  After many trips to the LA Court house and attempting to interpret the requirements for each filing, I heard of A People’s Choice.  Fantastic find!  I hired this firm after discovering the difficultly in processing the probate by myself.  Very knowledgeable with good technology to keep me informed along the process of their filing of numerous documents.  Their fees were significantly less than what I would have had to pay for an attorney yet their services were excellent and I could not see where an attorney would have been any better (or as good).I highly recommend this service.
Ron C.
“I 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. I live in New England and 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 have a need for probate help, I would highly recommend A People’s Choice.”
Sylvia A
“I had a great experience with my probate using A People’s Choice! The people that assisted me were so helpful.  I could not have done this probate by myself.  I was able to save over 10,000 in lawyer fees!  All my emails were always returned so quickly, and I am a very satisfied customer.  I would highly recommend A People’s Choice to all my friends and family!”
Joi C
“APC did a great job with my father’s probate case. I highly recommend them. Professional staff!!! Probably saved me about $10k.”
Eric N
“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 almost 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
“A People’s Choice is a very responsible and effective company, 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 to help you with your legal documents. You will be very satisfied with their work as I did!!!!”
C. Chiu
“A People’s Choice walked me through the entire probate process. They are so professional and helpful. Thank you to the staff for your guidance and patience to talk me through such difficult time. You made the process very smooth for me. I am so glad that I found you.” 
Sandie K.
“The staff at A People’s Choice 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 that I would get an answer on Monday. Lo and behold, I often got an answer within minutes! We are very pleased and will be referring our friends/family to A People’s Choice!”
L. Garrett
“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 any attorney. I want to thank 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 is exceptional. They prepared all the required legal documents, and all the court filings. They used the e-filing system, which initially I was hesitant about, but I’m so glad they did. It really expedited the process. They always answered my emails in a very timely manner and was always professional. The probate process is long and sometimes seems overwhelming. It’s also very expensive, A People’s Choice saved me thousands of dollars over going 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. They do a great job!”
“A People’s Choice was professional and courteous throughout a long probate process. Probate itself is a frustrating and expensive process; however, 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 but 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.  As long as you email them your questions, they will get back to you and they will not 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. I searched the internet for a short period of time looking for help and when 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 on 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.

We Help to File Probate in Mariposa County!

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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:

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.

Get help with your Legal documents today!

A People’s Choice can save you hundreds of dollars by preparing your legal documents instead of an expensive attorney!


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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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