• How to File Probate in Nevada County

How to File Probate in Nevada County, California

Do you want to learn how to file probate in Nevada County? If you have done your research, you may have sticker shock at the statutory attorney fees allowed under California law. Just imagine if there was a way to avoid paying those attorneys fees and saving thousands of dollars! At A People’s Choice, we can help you complete and file the forms you need to probate your loved one’s estate in a cost-effective, efficient way. We have saved people who need to file probate in Nevada County thousands of dollars in attorney fees when using our legal document preparation services. As you are learning about the California probate process, be sure to check out our exciting new website ProbatebyME.com which is solely dedicated to California probate and estate administration matters. Read on to learn more about how to file probate in Nevada County.

Despite common belief, you do not need to hire a lawyer to probate your loved one’s estate in Nevada County. The probate process largely involves the completion and filing of paperwork. 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 the initial Petition. Our office has extensive years of experience helping people just like you get through the probate process

What our Clients Say...
I used A People’s Choice for the preparation and filing of court documents in connection with probate for my sister’s estate.  I began the probate process in pro per without knowing of the services of A People’s Choice.  After many trips to the LA Court house and attempting to interpret the requirements for each filing, I heard of A People’s Choice.  Fantastic find!  I hired this firm after discovering the difficultly in processing the probate by myself.  Very knowledgeable with good technology to keep me informed along the process of their filing of numerous documents.  Their fees were significantly less than what I would have had to pay for an attorney yet their services were excellent and I could not see where an attorney would have been any better (or as good).I highly recommend this service.
Ron C.
“I 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. I live in New England and 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 have a need for probate help, I would highly recommend A People’s Choice.”
Sylvia A
“I had a great experience with my probate using A People’s Choice! The people that assisted me were so helpful.  I could not have done this probate by myself.  I was able to save over 10,000 in lawyer fees!  All my emails were always returned so quickly, and I am a very satisfied customer.  I would highly recommend A People’s Choice to all my friends and family!”
Joi C
“APC did a great job with my father’s probate case. I highly recommend them. Professional staff!!! Probably saved me about $10k.”
Eric N
“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 almost 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
“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.
“A People’s Choice worked on my probate case for over 1 year. Their knowledge, dedication and commitment to clients is exceptional. They prepared all the required legal documents, and all the court filings. They used the e-filing system, which initially I was hesitant about, but I’m so glad they did. It really expedited the process. They always answered my emails in a very timely manner and was always professional. The probate process is long and sometimes seems overwhelming. It’s also very expensive, A People’s Choice saved me thousands of dollars over going 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. They do a great job!”
“A People’s Choice was professional and courteous throughout a long probate process. Probate itself is a frustrating and expensive process; however, 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 but 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.  As long as you email them your questions, they will get back to you and they will not 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. I searched the internet for a short period of time looking for help and when 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 on 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.

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Important Money Saving Tip!

The average house value in Nevada County, California is $449,000 . More importantly, values are expected to increase about 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 $500,000 estate filed in Nevada County would be $13,000! By using the flat fee services of an experienced probate legal document assistant, the estate can save thousands of dollars.

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Nevada County Probate Overview

Filing for probate in Nevada County, California is a straightforward process. Be that as it may, even the most straightforward probate will take between 8-12 months to complete. Probate involves the court-supervised process of distributing the decedent’s estate. The personal representative will first need to pay the decedent’s debts and taxes. Afterward, the personal representative can distribute all remaining assets of the decedent to their heirs and beneficiaries.

When you work with a probate attorney, you can expect to pay a substantial sum of money in attorney’s fees to probate an estate. This is due to attorneys receiving a statutory fee to probate an estate. California law based its statutory fee on the gross value of the estate. With this in mind, the gross value does not include debts held in the estate. In other words, the attorney will receive a more considerable sum of money despite performing the same amount of work if the estate’s value is significant. Provided that no one contests the probate and everyone is cooperating, you can avoid paying these excessive, and often unreasonable, attorneys fees. Contact A People’s Choice today to find out how much money you can save by working with an exceptionally trained probate legal document assistant’s office in contrast to a probate attorney.

Where to File Probate in Nevada County

The Nevada County Probate Court hears matters involving probate, guardianship, and conservatorship. The court hears probate matters at the following place:

Nevada City Courthouse
201 Church Street
Nevada City, CA 95959

Probate matters are typically heard in Dept. 6 on Fridays.

Nevada County Probate Rules

Review the Nevada County local court rules before you file your petition. Keep in mind, the local rules provide instructions on how the personal representative must complete the forms and how to file them with the Nevada County court. Chapter 8 of the Nevada County local rules cover probate proceedings.  Unfortunately, local rules can be overwhelming, With this in mind, A People’s Choice provides case management help to self-represented litigants.

Adjudicated Newspapers for Nevada County

After filing the probate petition, the personal representative must publish notice of the probate filing and scheduled hearing in a newspaper when the decedent lived. With this in mind, contact the Nevada County court clerk’s office for an up-to-date list of approved newspapers for this area.

Nevada County Probate Examiner

Before most schedule probate hearings, a probate examiner will check the case and all filed paperwork. The probate examiner’s job is to make sure the documents are complete and do not contain any discrepancies nor are missing information. The probate examiner will post notes for the judge before the case is heard. These notes often trigger the court making a tentative ruling on the matter, even before the hearing takes place. You can find Tentative Rulings on the court’s website or through the On-Line services page.

Nevada County Probate Referee

A probate referee must value all non-cash assets in a probate estate. For example, the probate referee serving Nevada County is:

Kevin P. Eckard
P.O. Box 240
Auburn, CA  95604
Phone: (530) 888-0472
FAX: (530) 888-6457
e-mail: inisheer@sbcglobal.net

How to File Probate in Nevada County

To start probate in Nevada County, the personal representative must file a probate petition with the Nevada County Superior Court. Also, if the decedent had a will, the original will must be lodged with the probate court clerk to begin the process. In general, you should file the petition in Nevada County if this is where the decedent last resided in before passing away. Alternatively, if the decedent lived out-of-state, the personal representative could file probate in Nevada County if the decedent owned real property in the county.

Once filed, the personal representative must notify all interested parties of the probate action. You should send a notification to all of the decedent’s creditors, beneficiaries, and heirs. After the court issues Letters of authority to the personal representative, they must complete an inventory and appraisal of the non-monetary assets of the estate. The task of the Probate Referee is to value all noncash assets listed in the inventory.

During the probate process, the personal representative may need to liquidate assets to pay outstanding taxes and debts. After the personal representative pays all obligations of the decedent and the court approves a final distribution, the personal representative will be given the green light by the court to make the final disposition of remaining assets to beneficiaries and surviving heirs.

Work with one of our experienced legal document preparers to probate your loved one’s estate. Sign up on our website today to get started or contact us today to find out more information on how to file for probate in Nevada County, California. Please also visit our exciting new website ProbatebyME.com which exclusively covers probate and estate administration matters in California.

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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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