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.
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:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Was this article helpful? We would love to know your thoughts! If you found this article helpful, please check the LIKE button below. Your feedback helps us plan topics for future articles.