• How to File Probate in El Dorado County

How to File Probate in El Dorado County

This article will give you an overview on how to file probate in El Dorado County without an attorney. Despite common misconceptions, you do not need to hire an attorney to probate your loved one’s estate. With this in mind, probating an estate involves a relatively straightforward process. Given these points, A People’s Choice has helped thousands of people complete the California probate process without attorney representation. Contact us today for more information about probating an estate in El Dorado County. Read on to learn more.

Probate is a court supervised process to administer the assets and debts of a deceased person’s estate. This includes paying any outstanding debts and taxes before distributing any remaining assets to beneficiaries and heirs. Most probate matters are resolved within a year of filing.

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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!”
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.
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Important Money Saving Tip!

The averge home value in El Dorado County is $442,400 and it is predicted these values will rise approximately 4.8% 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 $400,000 probate filed in El Dorado County would be $12,000! By using the flat fee services of an experienced probate legal document assistant, the estate can save thousands of dollars.

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Overview of Probate

First, to start probate, a loved one or executor will file a Petition. Next, the personal representative will need to notify all creditors, beneficiaries, and immediate family members of the probate filing. Following this, upon being appointed to represent the probate estate, the personal representative will have to complete an inventory and appraisal of the decedent’s estate. In this regard, the probate referee will appraise all non-monetary assets. With this in mind, once appraised, assets may be liquidated to pay outstanding taxes and creditors.  Lastly, once the probate is complete, the personal representative will distribute the remainig assets to the beneficiaries and heirs.

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

Why You May Not Want to Hire a Probate Attorney

In the first place, we cannot stress the importance of working with a legal document preparer to save money in probating an estate. Straightaway, most people, without much thought, rush to hire an attorney after their loved one dies. Furthermore, most attorneys fail to tell their clients that their services are not necessarily required to complete probate. Obviously, this is in large part because probate is very procedural and mostly consists of completing paperwork. Given these points, why pay an attorney thousands of dollars to complete simple forms?

To begin with, attorneys receive high statutory fees to probate an estate. As an illustration, the gross value of an estate determines the allowed attorney fee, not the amount of work an attorney may have to do. In the event that housing values continue to increase, probate attorneys are expected to receive astronomical fees during the coming years. For example, an attorney will receive a higher sum for probating an estate worth $1.2 million in comparison to $800,000 although both cases may require the same amount of work.

On the other hand, if you choose to work with an experienced legal document preparer you can save yourself thousands of dollars to probate your loved one’s estate. A People’s Choice provides legal document preparation and case management services for probate cases in all California counties.

Where to File Probate in El Dorado County

The El Dorado County court hears probate matters at the following addresses:

Fair Lane Branch
295 Fair Lane
Placerville, CA 95667

South Lake Tahoe Branch
1354 Johnson Blvd.
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

The County is divided into two zones. More specifically, the northeast corner of the County is in the Lake Tahoe basin, while the rest of the County is in the “western slope,” the area west of Echo Summit. The El Dorado County Probate Division hears legal matters including probate, conservatorship, guardianship, and limited conservatorships. The probate cases are split between Departments 4 and 8

To clarify, all Western Slope probates are filed at 295 Fair Lane, Placerville, CA 95667 and assigned to Judge Dylan Sullivan, Department 8. Conversely, all South Lake Tahoe probate filings shall be filed at 1354 Johnson Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 and assigned to Judge Steven C. Bailey, Department 4. Office hours of the Clerk’s offices are from 8:00 a.m. through 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday excluding court holidays. Another critical point, wills should be lodged with the court 30 days from the day a person passes away.

El Dorado County Probate Rules

Although most courts use Court Call to allow a party to appear by phone, the El Dorado County Superior Court has their own court-run remote telephonic appearance system. You can only schedule a telephonic appearance through the court’s website. You cannot register to appear by phone unless you do so through the website. However, you can contact 530-621-5080 to speak with a court representative for telephonic appearance support.

Adjudicated Newspapers for El Dorado County

The Mountain Democrat at  2889 Ray Lawyer Drive, Placerville, CA 95667 is El Dorado County’s leading newspaper for legal publications. You can contact them to arrange the required publication of the probate notice at (530) 622-1255, Monday through Friday, between 8 am and 5 pm.

El Dorado County Probate Examiner

At the present time, the probate examiner for El Dorado County posts tentative rulings on the court’s website. The notes will point out deficiencies and changes that the court is requiring before they will approve the Petition. In this regard, you can get access to these rulings using the links below.

Tentative rulings for probate case in the Placerville Court
Tentative rulings in the South Lake Tahoe Court

El Dorado County Probate Referee

If you need to contact the probate referee for El Dorado County, you can reach out to Linda Molinari who is the only probate referee for El Dorado County. Her address is 3941 Park Drive, #20-256, El Dorado Hills, CA  95762; telephone (916) 844-8070 and e-mail eldoradoprobate@gmail.com.

The job of the probate referee is to value all the decedent’s assets. First, the personal representative must prepare the Inventory and Appraisal form which the probate referee will use to provide the asset values. Furthermore, this valuation process by the probate referee can take several weeks to several months. Next, once the referee completes the inventory, the document is filed with the court.

How to Complete Probate in El Dorado County

To summarize, you can file probate in El Dorado County and save the estate thousands of dollars using the services of a legal document assistant. A People’s Choice has helped thousands of people file probate in California. Let’s be honest, everyone wants to save money. In fact, you can calculate precisely how much you will save using our online probate calculator.

Contact A People’s Choice for more information on how to file probate in El Dorado 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. Call us today at 800-747-2780.

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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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