Do You Need a Lawyer for Probate?
Probate is a matter of going through the steps to settle the deceased person’s estate. For full probate, the process typically takes between 9-12 months. Yes, it takes patience, but fortunately, you usually do not need to hire a lawyer. You might need a lawyer if the deceased person had unresolved financial or legal troubles at the time of their death. If you hire a lawyer, you will most certainly work with the attorney’s probate paralegal for many aspects of the case. In general, the more complex the deceased person’s financial situation, the more likely you are to need a lawyer.
Although a probate lawyer may not tell you this, these are some times when you do not need a lawyer for probate:
- The value of the estate is $166,250 or less, and the deceased person did not own real estate. More info here…
- The deceased person owns real estate, but the entire estate is worth less than $55,450. More info here…
- The deceased person owned real estate, and the total value of his or her estate is $166,250. More info here…
- The deceased person left everything to their spouse in his or her will, and the spouse is still alive. More info here…
California Probate Paralegal or Legal Document Assistant?
The task of filling out probate forms can be stressful, especially when you are also dealing with grief. It makes sense to hire a professional to help you with the probate paperwork. There is often confusion between a California probate paralegal and a probate legal document assistant. California probate paralegals only work for lawyers. In fact, in California, it would be illegal for a probate paralegal to set up shop and prepare documents for consumers! With this in mind, however, if you hire a lawyer, you will most likely be working with their probate paralegal but paying lawyer prices! There is another option!
In 2000, California enacted new legislation that authorized non-lawyers to prepare legal documents for people who did not want to hire a lawyer. This law split the paralegal legal profession into paralegals and legal document assistants. Probate paralegals can only work for attorneys. In other words, you cannot hire a California probate paralegal. You must employ the probate lawyer. On the other hand, Registered Legal Document Assistants are registered and bonded to legally perform legal document preparation services directly to consumers.
If you want to save thousands of dollars, we encourage you to hire an experienced probate legal document assistant. A probate legal document assistant has the same, if not more experience, than a California probate paralegal. As a result, they can prepare your probate forms accurately and quickly for far less cost. Hiring A People’s Choice takes the lawyer fees out of the equation and will save the estate thousands of dollars.
A People’s Choice Takes the Stress Out of Probate
Don’t pay lawyer fees if you don’t need to. See how much you will save using our convenient probate fee calculator. Hiring a registered LDA is the best choice for filing probate forms, no matter the size of the estate. Contact A People’s Choice about preparing probate paperwork for an estate. Call us today at 800-747-2780.