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File Probate in San Benito County

Do you need to file probate in San Benito County? A People’s Choice can help you complete and file the legal documents you need to start and finish the probate process. Moreover, if you work with our experienced probate staff, you will save time and money to probate your loved one’s estate. Contrary to popular belief, it is not necessary to hire an attorney to probate an estate in San Benito County. Comparatively speaking, attorneys charge outrageous statutory fees, to say nothing of the fact that these fees are not directly tied to the amount of work they do! Conversely, we base our probate services on reasonable flat fees that take only into consideration the amount of work involved. Read on to learn more about how to file probate in San Benito County.

As mentioned above, probate attorney fees are based on the overall value of the estate. For example, an attorney probating an estate worth $800,000 will receive more money than an estate valued at $500,000. Keep in mind, despite the increased value, there may be the exact same amount of work in both examples. Nevertheless, California law allows the attorney to charge for the estate with a greater gross value. Consequently, we recommend you hire an experienced probate legal document preparer to help you. A People’s Choice has helped thousands of families successfully probate their loved one’s estate, and offer flat fee probate services to San Benito County residents.

What our Clients Say...
“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’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.
“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.

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Important Money Saving Tip!

The average house value in San Benito County is $532,700 and values are expected to increase about 4.9% within the next 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 $530,000 estate filed in San Benito County would be $13,600! 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 Probate in San Benito County

Probate involves the court-supervised process of administering the contents of a deceased person’s estate. In particular, this includes paying any outstanding debts and taxes before distributing the remaining assets to beneficiaries and heirs. Keep in mind, you can usually complete a routine probate within a year of filing.

First, the estate executor (designated in the Will) or family member must file the Petition for Probate to begin the process. If a Will exists, the personal representative should file the original with the court. At the hearing on the Petition for Probate, the court will either affirm the executor or appoint a personal representative and issue “Letters Testamentary” or “Letters of Administration.”

Next, the probate representative must complete an inventory and appraisal of the decedent’s estate. In this regard, the probate referee will value all non-monetary assets of the estate. Once the probate referee appraises the estate, the personal representative may need to liquidate some assets to pay outstanding taxes and debts. Lastly, after the representative pays all debts, the court will approve the distribution of the remaining assets to the beneficiaries and heirs. The entire probate process takes 7-10 months to complete.

Where to File Probate in San Benito County

The San Benito Probate Division hears matters on the probate of Wills and Trusts. Specifically, the court hears all probate matters at the following location in San Benito County:

450 Fourth Street
Hollister, CA 95023

Court hours are from 8:00 – 4:00 PM excluding court holidays. Contact us for more information about how to file your probate documents with the local court.

San Benito County Probate Rules

Each state adopts its own set of Rules of Court that control and define how legal cases are processed in that state. In addition, each California county court also passes its own set of “local rules” that regulate and define, with more particularity, how legal cases are processed in that county. With this in mind, it is essential to check the local court rules before you file probate in San Benito County. These local rules will outline the probate process for San Benito County. Furthermore, the rules will provide instruction on the filing of documents in this court. Inasmuch as the local rules are essential to understand, consider also reviewing California Rules of Court for other insights into various aspects of the California legal procedures.

Adjudicated Newspapers for San Benito County

BenitoLink covers San Benito County for legal postings. If you want to post a legal notice, contact:
Leslie David-  lesliedavid@benitolink.com     (831) 801-1356
Adam Breen- adambreen@benitolink.com  (831) 902-7543

Take care to understand the rules that control what newspaper is acceptable for the required legal probate notice. If you are not sure, contact the San Benito Court Clerk.

San Benito County Probate Referee

Contact information for the San Benito County Probate Referee is as follows:

Lucia Areias, 4962 El Camino Real, Suite 121, Los Altos, CA  94022; Phone: (650) 321-9825; FAX: (650) 320-8086; e-mail: lucialeo@aol.com

The probate referee’s job is to value the assets of the estate. This would include valuing real estate, jewelry, stock, money market accounts, household items and other types of assets. The probate referee will complete the Inventory and Appraisal which is filed with the court. Estates that only consist of cash do not need an appraisal.

How to Complete Probate in San Benito County

Contact A People’s Choice for more information on how to file probate in San Benito County. 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.

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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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