If you need to file probate in Riverside County, A People’s Choice can help you. Probate attorneys in Riverside County are expensive. This is due to the fact that California law allows attorneys in Riverside County and elsewhere to charge statutory fees for all estates that require administration through a full probate. Unfortunately, these statutory fees are not based on the complexity of the case nor the amount of work required. Rather, they are based on a fixed fee schedule based on the gross value of the estate. For example, an attorney does not necessarily have to prepare more court filings or attend hearings for an estate valued at $500,000 versus a $2 million estate. However, the attorney will receive a substantially higher fee for services for the $2 million dollar estate. Knowing this information ahead of time can help you save thousands of dollars. Read on to learn more about how to file probate in Riverside County with A People’s Choice.

Probate refers to the legal process of transferring a decedent’s assets to his/her beneficiaries. In order to file probate in Riverside County, the decedent must have resided in Riverside County or owned real property in Riverside County.

To start probate, a person must file a petition with the Riverside County Superior court. This is usually done by an immediate family member of the decedent or the appointed executor in a Will. The filing of the Petition for Probate is the first step to start the probate process. The probate process typically takes between 7 to 10 months to complete.

Although it’s unnecessary to hire a probate attorney, at minimum it is recommended to hire a professional probate legal document assistant to help you successfully navigate through the California probate court process.

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Key Points to Filing Probate in Riverside County

When filing a Probate in Riverside County, the Petitioner will have to choose the applicable division of the court that has jurisdiction over the case. Jurisdiction is based on factors such as the last domicile of the decedent, or the location of the real property of the estate. Probate cases filed in Riverside County can be filed in the main Riverside Court, the Temecula Court or the Indio Court.

Once the probate petition is filed in the proper Riverside County court, the petitioner is responsible for performing several different tasks. These tasks include locating and itemizing the decedent’s property, notifying the creditors of the estate, paying the decedent’s debts and taxes, and distributing the decedent’s property according to terms of the will.

When a person files probate in Riverside County, online case docket access is available. This allows a person to view the court docket and see what has transpired in the case. Probate notes for matters on calendar are also available online. These notes are usually available about ten (10 days) before the scheduled hearing. Keep in mind, probate calendar notes for Riverside probate cases are last updated three court days before the scheduled hearing in the later part of the evening. These notes should identify all documents that have been filed up to four court days prior to the scheduled hearing. If other documents have been filed after that time frame, they will not be included in the probate notes. Riverside Court does not post tentative rulings prior to the scheduled hearings. This informational sheet may help you to better understand the probate note process for the Riverside County Superior Court.

The Riverside Probate Court allows a party to appear by telephone. If you would like to appear at a scheduled probate hearing by “phone”, you may contact Court Call at 888-882-6878 to ask to appear by phone. Court Call is a private service and there is a fee that you will be required to pay when using their services.

How to Contact a Probate Examiner Regarding Riverside County Probate Notes

After reviewing the probate notes on the Riverside County website, you may email a probate examiner with any questions you may have. The examiners typically check email every day and send a response within 24 hours. Keep in mind, however, that the examiner may only answer procedural questions. They cannot provide legal advise nor give you direction on how specific matters should be handled.

An individual can ask for a probate hearing to be continued. A request for a continuance of a hearing can be made by email as well. This court also allows fax filings for certain cases, with a fee of $2.00 per page for each fax filing submitted to the court.

Local Rules to File Probate in Riverside County

If you need to file probate in Riverside County, be aware that all probate matters in Riverside County are heard at the Riverside Court, Temecula Court or Indio Court. The court’s addresses are the following:

  • Riverside Historic Courthouse: 4050 Main Street, Riverside, Ca. 92501
  • Indio Larsen Justice Center: 46-200 Oasis Street, Indio, Ca. 92201
  • Temecula Courthouse: 41002 County Center Drive #100, Temecula, Ca. 92591

Procedures on how to probate an estate in Riverside County are outlined in the published “Local Rules.” These Local Rules define the procedures on how to probate an estate in Riverside County. For example, Riverside County requires several actions to be requested through special local forms adopted for mandatory use. Some of these special forms pertain to declarations regarding bond waivers (PR069), verifications of certain declarations (PR017) or amendments to the Petition (PR085).

If you need to file probate in Riverside County, you don’t need to hire an attorney. Contact A People’s Choice for help in completing the documents required to file for probate in Riverside County. We offer, flat fee low-cost, full-service non-attorney probate services for people who need to file probate in Riverside County but don’t want to hire an expensive Riverside County probate attorney. Call us at 800-747-2780 today.

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