When you file probate in Mono County, it is a relatively straight forward process. Furthermore, despite common misconceptions, you do not need to hire an attorney to file probate in Mono County. Attorneys in Mono County charge probate fees based on a California statutory attorney fee schedule. these statutory fees are based on the total value of the estate. Consequently, the greater value the estate, the more attorneys fees the estate will pay. To avoid paying these expensive fees, look for an experienced legal document preparer to help you complete and file the forms you need to complete the probate process. Doing so will save you thousands of dollars! Read on to learn more about how to file probate in Mono County without an attorney.
Overview of Mono County Probate Court
The Superior Court of California of Mono County oversees the legal transfer of property from the decedent to her beneficiaries and heirs. When a person dies, any property he or she holds outside of a trust must be probated. A family member or friend can petition the court to start the probate process.
Property valued at $166,250 or less may qualify for California’s simplified probate procedures. Unlike the lengthy full probate process, this simplified process can usually take less than a few months to complete. An heir or beneficiary must file a request with the local court to use this procedure. The court may also allow an heir or beneficiary to claim property by submitting an affidavit stating that she is entitled to a specific asset. Simplified affidavits must be signed under oath.
Where to File Probate in Mono County
Probate matters are heard at the following court locations in Mono County:
278 Main St.
P.O. Box 537
Bridgeport, CA 93517
Mammoth Lakes Courthouse
100 Thompsons Way
P.O. Box 1037
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
Steps to File Probate in Mono County
When you file probate in Mono County, you can expect the process to take at least seven months, but it could take up to 18-24 months. To start the process, you must file a petition to probate with the local court. This Petition is filed at the Mono County Superior Court. Once your petition is filed, the probate clerk will set a hearing date. The petitioner must provide notice of the probate hearing to all interested parties. Proof of service must be filed with the court clerk. Notice of the hearing must also be circulated in a local newspaper publication. If there are probate examiner’s notes, they usually can be reviewed before the hearing. At the hearing, if there are no objections, the court will issue Letters to the personal representative. Once letters are issued, the personal representative will have to do an inventory and appraisal and settle all outstanding debts of the estate. Any remaining assets will be distributed to beneficiaries and heirs.
Legal Newspapers for Mono County Probates
Every probate filed requires a legal notice to be published in an approved newspaper where the decedent resided or owned real property. Currently there are two approved newspapers that offer publication of legal notices for Mono county probates. They are:
Mammoth Times: (760) 934-3929 and
The Sheet: (760) 924-0048
Probate Examiner Notes for Mono County Probates
Since a probate case covers a large variety of factual issues, most courts have assigned probate examiners to check the documents before any scheduled hearings. The role of the examiner is to make sure there are no discrepancies or deficiencies in the filed probate paperwork before the case is heard by the judge. After reviewing the paperwork, the probate examiner will issue written notes which outline the issues of the case as well as any discrepancies or deficiencies they find. This gives the petitioner time to provide other information or make necessary corrections before the scheduled hearing. Some counties, unfortunately, due to their small size, do not have assigned probate examiners. As of the date of this writing, probate notes are not available when you file probate in Mono county.
Probate Referees in Mono County
Part of the probate process requires valuation of the non-cash assets of the estate. Currently there are two probate referees that can conduct the appraisal services for Mono County probates. They are:
Michael C. Burger
4915 Calloway Drive, Suite 101B
Bakersfield, CA 93312
Phone: (661) 588-4381
FAX: (661) 834-0748
R. Michael Wright
21 Theall Street
Sonora, CA 95370
Phone: (209) 532-0628
FAX: (209) 532-9112
Mono County Local Probate Rules
Chapter 9 of the Local court probate rules should be reviewed before commencing the probate process. These local rules will address any special requirements of a Petitioner when they file probate in Mono County.
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