At A People’s Choice, we can help you file probate in Butte County. Our legal document preparers can help you complete the documents you need to start and finish the probate process. When you use our non-attorney probate services, you will avoid paying the expensive statutory probate fees that probate attorneys charge.  In California, most people can start and complete the probate of their loved one’s estate without hiring an attorney. Probate matters are usually settled within one year. The process primarily consists of filing legal documents and attending limited court hearings. It is rare for probate disputes to arise throughout the process. Read on to learn more about how to file probate in Butte County.

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“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.

Important Money Saving Tip!

The average house value in Butte County is $317,400 and values are expected to increase approximately 8.6% 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 $300,000 estate filed in Butte County would be $9,000! By using the flat fee services of an experienced probate legal document assistant, the estate can save thousands of dollars.

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Where to File Probate in Butte County

Although Butte County has two courthouses, the Butte County Probate Court is located at the following location:

North Butte County Courthouse
Superior Court of California, County of Butte
1775 Concord Avenue
Chico, CA 95928

The probate division at the North Butte County Courthouse can be reached by phone at (530) 532‑7017.

The Butte County Probate court hears matters involving probate, conservatorship, and guardianship. The court is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Information that is available through a particular court’s website can vary drastically. Small courts provide little to no access to case information. Other courts make probate case information very accessible. If you file probate in Butte County, you can access tentative rulings on your probate case through the court’s website. On the other hand, case information is also available through a unique portal.

Butte County Probate Rules

Review the Butte County local probate rules before filling the probate petition. The local court rules will provide you with detailed court filing procedures. If you are using the professional probate services of A People’s Choice, keep in mind we provide step-by-step case management assistance to our customers.

Butte County is an efiling court. Efiling means that probate documents can be electronically filed through an approved efiling provider such as Odyssey. Having the ability to efile probate documents for our customers is a great advantage. Furthermore, efiling documents makes the probate process more efficient and streamlined.

Adjudicated Newspapers for Butte County

Paradise Post, Chico Enterprise-Record and Oroville Mercury-Register are three newspapers used to publish the required probate notices. Fees will vary from newspaper to newspaper. You can arrange publication of legal notices by email: NorCalAds@dfmnorcal.com or calling 800-206-7355.

Butte County Probate Examiner

You can access Probate examiner notes and tentative rulings through the court’s website.

Butte County Probate Referee

Jane Dolan is the sole probate referee serving Butte County and performs all of the inventory valuations for probate cases filed in Butte County. The role of the probate referee is to value all of the decedent’s non-cash assets as of the date the decedent died. Ms. Dolan will complete this valuation on a formal Inventory and Appraisal document prepared by our office. Questions regarding the inventory can be directed to Ms. Dolan as follows:

Jane Dolan
389 Connors Court, Suite A
Chico, CA  95926
Phone: (530) 342-4295
FAX: (530) 342-1994
e-mail: jdolan@sbcglobal.net

How to File Probate in Butte County

To file probate in Butte County, file the probate petition, all supplemental documents and the decedent’s will (if there is one) at the Butte County Probate Court in Chico. Although filing the probate petition starts the process, there are many steps to complete probate. The process will take between 9-12 months. Ultimately, after the completion of all the steps, the personal representative will be able to distribute the decedent’s estate according to the terms of the will or California’s intestate succession laws (if there was no will.)

The personal representative need to have the ability to carry out their duties during the lengthy probate process. In this regard, the court will issue Letters Testamentary or Letters of Administration. Letters are a critical part of the probate process as they allow the personal representative to act in the capacity of the decedent.

Once Letters are issued, the estate representative must take steps to complete an inventory and appraisal of the decedent’s estate and appraise all non-monetary assets. As mentioned above, this valuation is done by the Probate Referee. During the process, the estate’s representative will also need to notify all creditors and interested parties about the probate proceedings. Probate requires the liquidation of assets, if necessary, to pay outstanding taxes, debts, and creditors. In the end, the personal representative will distribute all remaining assets to beneficiaries and heirs. Lastly, the court will formally relieve the personal representative of their duties.

File Probate in Butte County With A People’s Choice

You can save yourself headaches, stress, and a lot of money by hiring A People’s Choice for your probate needs. Using our services will allow you to save thousands of dollars in probating your loved one’s estate. Probate attorney statutory fees continue to increase as housing values escalate in California. Don’t take our word for it. Calculate your exact savings using our probate calculator! Working with a legal document preparer at A People’s Choice guarantees you will spend the lowest amount possible to probate your loved one’s estate. Contact us through our website or call 800-747-2780 for more information on how to file probate in Butte County.

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