There are three ways to file probate in Marin County –  hire an expensive attorney, hire a probate document assistant, or try to do it on your own. Many people are unaware they can file probate without an attorney. If you did not know this, you are not alone! Therefore, if you need to file probate in Marin County, consider contacting A People’s Choice for more information about how to file for probate without a lawyer. Moreover,  our experienced staff can help you file and manage the entire probate case. Read on to learn more about the California probate process.

Probate involves the court supervised process of administering the contents 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.

What our Clients Say...
“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.

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Important Money Saving Tip!

The average house value in Marin County is $1,089,800 and values are predicted to increase about 4.5% 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 $1,000,000 estate filed in Marin County would be $23,000! By using the flat fee services of an experienced probate legal document assistant, the estate can save thousands of dollars.

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How to File Probate in Marin County

Estates valued for less than $100,000 may not need to go through the full probate process. In this regard, some estates may avoid probate altogether and be administered outside of the standard statutory requirements. To file probate in Marin County, the decedent must have considered Marin County their residence or owned property in Marin County.

Probate commences by the estate executor or close family member filing the will at court along with the petition. The court will appoint an executor or representative to carry out the many steps of the probate process. The representative is responsible to notify all interested parties (creditors and beneficiaries) about the probate. The representative is charged with performing an inventory and appraisal of all non-monetary estate assets. The probate referee will value all non-monetary assets. Assets may be liquidated to pay outstanding creditors. All remaining assets can then be distributed to beneficiaries and heirs as the will instructs or by California’s intestate succession laws.

Once the personal representative distributes all the decedent’s assets, the representative can petition to be relieved of their duties and formally close the probate. Contact A People’s Choice for more information about how to file probate in Marin County. 

Where to File Probate in Marin County

The Marin County Probate Court oversees the division of property for a person who has passed away. The probate court has jurisdiction over the following types of legal matters:

  • The decedent’s estate and trust
  • Guardianships
  • Conservatorships
  • Establishment of the fact of birth

In this regard, the court hears probate matters at the following place:

Marin County Superior Court
Civic Center, Hall of Justice, Room 113
3501 Civic Center Drive
San Rafael, CA 9493

You can contact the probate court by phone: (415) 444-7040 or email to probate@marincourt.org

Marin County Probate Rules

Chapter 5 of the Marin County Probate Rules provides rules and procedures for Marin County probate cases. The personal representative is responsible for understanding the rules and regulations required by the Marin County court. Moreover, if the personal representative fails to follow a rule or procedure, the probate case can be significantly delayed.

Adjudicated Newspapers for Marin County

The person represented is charged with publishing notice of the probate filing in a newspaper that is approved to provide adequate notice to interested parties. Please refer to this online list of legally adjudicated newspapers of general circulation for probate in Marin County.

Role of the Marin County Probate Examiner

The probate examiner will check the documents filed in the probate case and point out any deficiencies, contradictions or questions in their probate notes. Correspondingly, these probate examiner notes are posted along with the tentative rulings on the court’s website. Unfortunately, tentative probate rulings are typically not available until the day before the hearing.  This posting delay makes it difficult to timely file a supplement to correct any deficiencies or provide the court with additional information before the hearing.

Marin County Probate Referee

There are now two probate referees that value Marin county estates. They are:

Andrew Rask, P.O. Box 1621, Novato, CA  94948; Phone: (415) 892-2988; FAX: (415) 892-7122; e-mail: andrewrask@gmail.com

Helen Young, P.O. Box 2063, Sausalito, CA  94966; Phone: (415) 331-6676; FAX: (415) 331-6676; e-mail: helen_young@sbcglobal.net

The probate referee’s job is to value all the non-cash assets in the estate. Be sure to use the local Order form so the court can appoint the probate referee.

Useful Tools to File Probate in Marin County

Marin County provides online access to a Register of Actions for probate cases. Additionally, access to the court calendar is available by case name. Lastly, tentative rulings in Probate cases are also posted on the court’s website and are available after 12:00 p.m. on the court day before the hearing date.

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

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Do You Need an Attorney to File Probate in Marin County?

Despite common misconceptions, you do not need to hire an attorney to file probate in Marin County. Attorneys receive statutory fees for probating estates. Specifically, the gross value of the estate determines the attorney’s fee. In other words, the attorney’s fee may be high despite performing limited work. For example, an attorney will earn a higher amount to probate an estate valued at $1 million in comparison to a $700,000 estate despite performing the same amount of work.

Hire an experienced legal document preparer as an alternative. A People’s Choice can help you draft and file a probate petition, appraise your loved one’s assets and debts, and finalize the probate for a fraction of the costs. We also provide our customers with case management related services. Call today at 800-747-2780.c