Did you know that you do not have to hire an attorney to file probate in San Luis Obispo County? At A People’s Choice, we have helped many California residents file probate without charging hefty legal fees. Hiring a San Luis Obispo County probate attorney is expensive and could potentially result in beneficiaries receiving little to no inheritance at all. This is in large part due to the statutory fees attorneys charge in addition to possibly paying executor fees.

First, we invite you to contact us before hiring an attorney. We can help you complete the all the required forms you need to probate an estate. Although the probate process typically takes 7-9 months and consists of many steps, the process itself is not a complex. Most people can probate an estate with the help of an experienced legal document assistant. Read on to learn how to file probate in San Luis Obispo County and how A People’s Choice can help!

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Probate Statutory Fees Overview

As mentioned above, probate attorneys are paid a statutory fee. Attorney fees are based on the gross value of an estate. The amount of work an attorney actually performs is somewhat irrelevant in regards to the statutory fee. For example, an attorney will earn a higher fee for probating an estate worth $1.2 million in comparison to $700,000 although no more “work” is required. Check out our California statutory attorney fees calculator to see what the attorney fees would be in your particular case. You will shocked to see what your cost savings are using our non-attorney probate services.

What our Clients Say...
“I cannot say enough about the time and money this company saved me. With their help I finished Probate in Tulare Co on my brother estate in little over 12 months. I am a letter carrier with no legal training, yet , I completed the entire process mainly because A People’s Choice walked me thru each step. They filed most papers electronically which resulted in me needing only three court appearances (and saved me from many trips to Visalia.) Keep in mind, all probates are different but if you have limited resources I recommend this company. The Probate Judge complimented me on the good work I received from A People’s Choice, saying this was not always to case with other legal help offices.”
Jack M.
“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.

How to File Probate in San Luis Obispo County

When you file probate in San Luis Obispo County, all probate matters are heard at the San Luis Obispo Superior Court, Civil Court Operations location:

1035 Palm Street Room 385
San Luis Obispo, CA 93408

In order to probate an estate in San Luis Obispo Superior Court, the decedent must have lived in the county or owned property in San Luis Obispo County. Review the San Luis Obispo court local rules for guidance on the forms you need to start and close probate. The rules pertinent to probate cases can be found in Chapter 11. You should also check to see if there are any local forms that my apply in your particular case.

The San Luis Obispo Court publishes tentative rulings for all probate matters on their website. You should regularly check the court’s website for a tentative ruling about a week before the scheduled hearing. If a matter is not recommended for approval, the probate notes should identify any defects. The probate examiner may recommend a 2 week or more continuance of the hearing in order the defects or deficiencies to be addressed.

San Luis Obispo County Local Rules requires the hearing date on all documents. Specifically the date, time and department of the hearing must be placed immediately below the case number on the first page of every document filed which relates to an upcoming hearing. Appearances are required in all matters for which probate notes are not posted or that do not indicate otherwise. Furthermore, to be considered at the calendared hearing, all documents including supplements that address probate notes, must be filed no later than 3:00 p.m. two (2) court days before the hearing. Depending on the nature of the decedent’s estate, you may be required to attend two hearings. The probate examiner will review the probate documents and make notes of any discrepancies or matters that should be brought to the judge’s attention. Probate examiner’s tentative rulings can be read before attending a court hearing. Secondary hearings are quite common in probate proceedings, and the court may still continue a hearing for more review time, even if documents were filed on time.

It usually takes between six to twelve months to complete the probate process. Once you file the probate petition with the court clerk, you will have to complete an inventory and appraisal of the decedent’s property. It is typically required to hire the services of a probate referee to appraise the estate’s assets. There are two probate referees that cover San Luis Obispo County that can help with the Inventory and Appraisal process. A People’s Choice handles the inventory and appraisal process when a client hires us to file probate in San Luis Obispo County. Our complete probate service include preparing the Inventory and Appraisal as well as interfacing with the probate referee’s office to make sure the Inventory has completed and timely filed with the court.

During the probate process, the personal representative must contact all interested parties (creditors and beneficiaries), and pay the decedent’s outstanding debts and taxes. When the probate is complete, the representative can distribute the assets according to the decedent’s will. If no will was executed by the decedent, his/her assets will be distributed according to the laws of intestate succession.

Contact A People’s Choice for more information about our probate legal document preparation and filing services. We can help you save thousand of dollars in probate attorney fees and help you file probate in San Luis Obispo County without the unnecessary expense of hiring an expensive probate attorney. Call us today at 800-747-2780.

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