Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need an attorney to file probate in Colusa County. Most people can complete the probate process without hiring an attorney. However, when you file probate in Colusa County, expect the process to take between 7-9 months to complete. In this regard, because of the many steps involved in probate, you definitely will need some professional legal help to complete the process. A People’s Choice can help you file probate in Colusa County. Contact us today to find out more information on our probate legal document preparation services.

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“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!”
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“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!”
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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.”
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“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.”
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Where to File Probate in Colusa County

The Colusa County probate court hears matters at the Main Courthouse in Colusa, California. In particular, you will find the courthouse at 547 Market Street. You need this address so that you know where to file. There is no reason you cannot file probate yourself at this location rather than using an attorney.

The Placer County Superior Court has online case access through its website for registered users. This online system gives users quick access to their case information and hearings.

Another convenient option per Colusa County Probate Court Local Rule 20.8, is the ability to appear at a hearing by phone. Keep in mind; however, information on the court’s website says that you must schedule a telephonic appearance by 4:00 PM the day before the hearing.

Placer County Probate Rules

Every court in California has its own local rules.  It is crucial to review these court’s local rules before beginning the probate process. The local rules controlling Probate cases in Colusa County is found in Section 16 of the local rules. These particular rules provide instructions about captions, notice requirements, the wording of a probate order, requirements for the petition for final distribution and other vital instructions.

Adjudicated Newspapers for Colusa County

Probate requires notice to interested parties. As part of this notice requirement, the personal representative must arrange publication in a newspaper in Colusa County that is proper for legal publications. Keep in mind, the publication is a critical aspect of the probate process. In other words, if you do not complete this process properly, the consequences can cause unnecessary delay and added expenses. With this in mind, A People’s Choice arranges this legal publication for all our probate customers to make sure the publication is proper, timely, and complete. Contact the Court Clerk to more information about adjudicated newspapers for Colusa County.

Colusa County Probate Examiner

In Colusa County, the Probate Examiner reviews all filed legal documents before the assigned judge hears the matter on calendar. Typically is most probate cases, you will have two hearings. The first court hearing is to appoint a personal representative. In contrast, the final hearing is to approve the final distribution of assets to heirs. Before each of these hearings, the Examiner will review the documents filed and prepare “probate notes.” These probate notes address questions and concerns about the content in the paperwork.

The probate process is very procedural. Although this may be true, people who try to file probate without any professional help usually find themselves facing voluminous errors and deficiencies in their paperwork. In the event that you are in this situation, don’t be discouraged. We commend you for making an effort to file probate without any help! However, as you can see, the process is not as easy as it appears. A People’s Choice can help you respond to probate notes and get your case back on track, so you do not have to hire an attorney.

Colusa County Probate Referee

There is one Probate Referee that serves Colusa County:

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

In the event the estate has non-cash assets, the Probate Referee’s job is to value these assets. By statute, they have six weeks to complete this task from the date they receive the Inventory request.

How to File Probate in Colusa County

First and foremost, you don’t need to hire an attorney to file probate in Colusa County. Read our article about how to avoid paying statutory fees to attorneys.

As mentioned above, the Colusa Probate Division hears matters regarding probate. You can file probate in Colusa Superior Court if the decedent resided in this county before passing away. You may also file probate in Colusa County if the decedent lived outside of California but owned real property in the county. Review the court’s local rules before beginning the probate process. Once you know you are in the right location, you can start.

First, the probate process starts by filing a Petition. Next, the estate Administrator or Executor must notify all “interested parties” of the probate filing. You can then mail notice of the filing to the IRS, creditors, beneficiaries, known heirs and other interested parties. With proper notice and publication complete, a hearing will take place to approve and appoint who is going to represent the estate.

Next, the estate’s representative has the task of arranging the valuation of non-monetary assets. The representative prepares a formal Inventory and submits it to the Probate Referee. The Probate Referee values the assets and completes the Inventory. As mentioned above, the probate process is lengthy. The personal representative must be vigilant in their duties and complete many steps to reach the point of being able to distribute the assets and close the case. Using the experienced probate services of A People’s Choice will make the process easy and stress-free.

Attorney Fees to File Probate in Colusa County

Most attorneys charge a statutory fee to probate an estate. Attorneys base their fees on the overall value of the estate and not directly on the amount of work they perform. At A People’s Choice, we charge a reasonable flat fee for probate legal document preparation services, often saving our customers thousands of dollars!

Closing Probate in Colusa County

You should find closing probate in Colusa County straightforward. Before a personal representative can ask the court to close the estate, it must be in the proper position to be closed.  When is an estate ready to close? First, the time within which creditors can file a claim must be over. Second, the personal representative must have paid all debts, filed all necessary tax returns, and settled any disputes. If this has been done, the estate is ready to be closed, and you are ready to ask the court to distribute remaining assets to the beneficiaries.

Once you close the estate, your duties as executor are over. A People’s Choice can help you complete the closing forms and finish your probate case. Contact A People’s Choice for more information on how to file for probate in Colusa County without using an attorney. Call us today at 805-648-5540 or get started right now through our easy online probate interview. Try before you hire and see how easy it is to start without paying any money!

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