Where to File Probate in Shasta County
Shasta County hears probate matters at the following address:
1500 Court Street, Room 319
Redding, CA 96001
The Shasta County Probate Division handles guardianship, conservatorship, and probate. The court clerk’s hours are from 8:30 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday excluding court holidays. For general requests of information, you can email the probate division at Probate@shasta.courts.ca.gov. This email address does not accept case-related correspondence, nor will it be placed in the court file.
Shasta County Probate Rules
Every county in California has their own court rules and regulations. You can view and/or download the Shasta County Probate Rules here. Pay particular attention to Section 15 which covers rules unique to Shasta County probates covering the following topics pertinent to probate cases filed in Shasta County including:
- Captions of petition and posting
- Noticing requirements
- Signing and verification of pleadings
- The wording of probate order
- Time for submitting orders and affidavits of publication
- Commissions and fees
- Required matters in petitions for final distribution
- Accounts in probate proceedings
Adjudicated Newspapers for Shasta County
Contact the Shasta County Superior court clerk for a current list of adjudicated newspapers approved for the required probate publication process.
Shasta County Probate Examiner
When you file probate in Shasta County you can view tentative rulings on the court’s website. Be aware that the court also posts tentative decisions outside of the court department on the day of the hearing. Also, the Court publishes the tentative rulings on its website at least 12 hours before the scheduled hearing.
Shasta County Probate Referee
After yiou file probate in Shasta County you may need to have assets appraised in the probate proceeding. If so, you will need to contact the probate referee assigned to serve Shasta County. The information for the Shasta County Probate Referee is as follows:
Susan L. “Suzy” Jeffers
P.O. Box 994761
Redding, CA 96099-4761
Phone: (530) 605-0204
FAX: (530) 605-4361
How to Complete Probate in Shasta County
The appointed executor or family member can begin the probate process. Once appointed, the administrator or executor will be required to do an inventory and appraisal of the decedent’s estate. In some circumstances, assets may need to be liquidated to pay the decedent’s outstanding taxes and debts. Interested parties must receive notice of the probate. This allows creditors, beneficiaries, and potential heirs to file claims against the estate. Once the personal representative settles all claims against the estate, they can ask the court for permission to distribute the remaining assets among beneficiaries and heirs.
Shasta County offers online access to court cases and electronic court records through their website.
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Do Not Hire an Attorney to Probate an Estate in Shasta County
Despite common belief, you do not need to hire an attorney to probate an estate in California. Most attorneys receive a statutory fee to probate an estate. The attorney will receive a percentage of the gross value of the estate as his fee. The attorney’s fee is not directly tied to the amount of effort expended in completing probate. For example, an attorney will receive a higher payment to probate an estate valued at $500,000 in comparison to $200,000 despite performing any more work. You do not need to pay an attorney thousands of dollars to complete probate forms. Instead, considering using our non-attorney probate preparation and management services. Obviously, in some rare instances such as someone contesting the probate, you may need to consult with an attorney for legal advice. Even so, we have helped many people successfully respond and overcome contested issues in their probate cases.
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