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How to File Probate in Shasta County

Do you need to file probate in Shasta County? Contact A People’s Choice to learn more about our probate document preparation services for Shasta County. Our experienced probate document assistants can help you file the forms you need to probate your loved one’s estate in California. Keep in mind, our services are not restricted to just preparing paperwork; rather we can assist you with the probate process from initiation to completion. Probating an estate is a straightforward process. Most people can probate an estate with no legal representation. Read on to learn how to file probate in Shasta County.As you are learning about probate, be sure to check out our exciting new website ProbatebyME.com which is completely dedicated to probate and estate administration matters in California.

In probate, the court oversees the administration and settling of a deceased person’s estate. This process includes paying all outstanding debts and taxes, and then distributing the remaining assets to beneficiaries and heirs. Most probate matters can be finished within 12 months.

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“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.” 
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“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!”
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“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.
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Important Money Saving Tip!

The average house value in Shasta County is $246,283 and values are expected to increase about 2.3% 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 $250,000 estate filed in Shasta County would be $8,000! By using the flat fee services of an experienced probate legal document assistant, the estate can save thousands of dollars.

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Where to File Probate in Shasta County

Shasta County hears probate matters at the following address:

Main Courthouse
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:

  1. Captions of petition and posting
  2. Noticing requirements
  3. Signing and verification of pleadings
  4. The wording of probate order
  5. Time for submitting orders and affidavits of publication
  6. Commissions and fees
  7. Required matters in petitions for final distribution
  8. 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
e-mail: sljeffers@sbcglobal.net

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.

Contact A People’s Choice for more information on how to file probate in Shasta County. Keep in mind that we provide case management services, can help correct any probate notes, and file all the forms you need to complete the probate process. We charge a fraction of what attorneys charge in completing probate services.

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.

Contact A People’s Choice for more information on how to file probate in Shasta County. We hope you will give us the opportunity to show you how our non-attorney probate services will save the estate thousands of dollars In this regard, consider also visiting our new website ProbatebyME.com which is dedicated to California probate and related matters.

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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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