• How to File Probate in Placer County

How to File Probate in Placer County

Learn how to file probate in Placer County with the help of an experienced legal document preparer. Contact us today to find out more information about the legal document preparation services we provide. We can help you probate your loved one’s estate for a fraction of the cost an attorney would charge. As you are learning about how to file probate in Placer County, be sure to check out our exciting new website ProbatebyME.com which focuses on probate and estate administration matters in California.

Yes, it’s, true. You don’t need to hire an attorney to probate most California estates. In fact, most people can file probate in Placer county without even the need for legal advice. Surprisingly, although the process takes about eight months, the California probate process primarily consists of a multitude of steps and filing a variety of paperwork at different times with the court clerk. Although most people need some professional help to get them through the process, they don’t need to hire a probate lawyer. Using a legal document assistant who specializes in California probate is a excellent and low-cost option and will avoid ther estate having to pay statutory probate attorney fees. Furthermore, probate matters are rarely litigated in court. Read on to learn more about how to file probate in Placer County and how we can help you.

What our Clients Say...
“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’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.
“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!

According to Zillow, the average house value in Placer County is $480,000 and values are expected to increase approximately 4.1% 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 $480,000 estate filed in Placer County would be $12,600! By using the flat fee services of an experienced probate legal document assistant, the estate can save thousands of dollars.

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Where to File Probate in Placer County

The Placer County Probate Court hears matters involving probate, conservatorship, and guardianship.The court is located at the following location:

Hon. Howard G. Gibson Courthouse
Bill Santucci Justice Center

Departments 30 – 44
10820 Justice Center Drive, Roseville, CA 95678

The court clerk’s operating hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Placer County Probate Rules

Place County Probate Rules can be accessed online. Refer to Rules 80.0 through 80.5 which affect Placer County probate cases. The rules will also show any applicable local forms Placer County may need.

Adjudicated Newspapers for Placer County

Please refer to the published list of legal newspapers for Placer County that are  authorized to publish the required probate notice. In this regard, you should be aware that there are specific rules about which newspaper is the proper paper for publication. A personal representative is not merely able to pick a random newspaper publisher on this list.

Placer County Probate Examiner

As is available on most Superior Court websites, Placer County Superior Court publishes probate notes on pending probate cases. These rulings are updated periodically and can been reviewed here. It should be noted, however, that under Local Rule 80.1.4, these calendar notes are not a tentative ruling on the merits of the case. Calendar notes are usually available five days before the hearing are typically updated the day before the hearing. Interested parties can contact the probate research attorney 916-408-6119 with questions.

The calendar notes include the status of the case, identify procedural defects, will show if a court appearance is required, and may include other helpful information. Keep in mind, if no appearance is required but an interested person appears and opposes the petition, the court will likely continue the hearing to allow them to file and serve a written objection.

Placer County Probate Referee

During probate proceedings, the estate’s Personal Representative will be responsible for performing an inventory and appraisal of the decedent’s estate, paying any outstanding taxes and debts, and distributing any remaining property to beneficiaries and heirs. With regards to the inventory and appraisal process, it is the probate referee’s job to value all the non-cash assets.

Kevin P. Eckard is the current probate referee for Placer County. The contact information for the probate referee is as follows:

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 Placer County

To begin the probate process, the estate’s personal representative must file with the court a petition to probate. In addition, if the decedent had a will, the personal representative should also file with the court the original will and any amendments . The personal representative should file the probate case in the county where the decedent last resided before passing away. Once the personal representative receives Letters of authority, they can contact the probate referee to conduct an inventory and appraisal of the decedent’s estate. All non-monetary assets of the decedent’s estate will be appraised. The probate referee’s job is to complete the appraisal. During the probate process, the personal representative may need to liquidate assets to pay taxes and creditors. After the court approves a Petition for Final Distribution, the personal representative can distribute remaining assets to beneficiaries and heirs.

Probate involves simple legal steps. A People’s Choice completes most of our probate matters within eight to ten months from filing. As mentioned above, it is essential to check the local court rules before you begin your case.

Avoid Paying Statutory Attorney Fees

We highly urge you to contact us before you hire an attorney. If you use our probate calculator, you can see that attorneys charge excessive fees to probate an estate. Unfortunately, the amount of money an attorney receives to probate does not correlate to the amount of work the attorney performs. This is because the attorney’s fee is based off of the gross value of the estate which does not include tax debts and liabilities. Calculate your savings and compare the cost of our probate services vs. a probate lawyer. Better yet, contact us today to speak to an experienced staff member and find out how we can help you file probate in Placer County. Using our non-attorney probate services will offer substantial savings to the estate which puts more money into the pockets of the beneficiaries and heirs.  Please also visit our exciting new website ProbatebyME.com which focuses strictly on 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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