Would you like to file probate in Solano County? Moreover, did you know that you can file probate in Solano County and represent yourself – without having to hire an attorney? In fact, A People’s Choice has helped thousands of people in California file probate without an attorney! In this regard, many people choose the non-attorney route to file their probate case. Consider contacting A People’s Choice for more information about the probate services we provide for California probate. Generally speaking, filing for probate in Solano County is straightforward. More importantly, you do not need to hire an attorney to commence the probate process. At the same time, you can save yourself thousands of dollars by working with an experienced legal document preparer. In this regard, we encourage you to read on to learn more about how to file probate in Solano County.

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My father-in-law passed away without a will so his estate went into probate and we were intimidated by the paperwork and court process ahead of us. A lawyer was recommended to us, but after sending him everything he asked for he did nothing with it for several weeks and was slow to get back to us. His fees were set to be thousands upon thousands and we were frustrated that progress wasn’t happening. We stumbled upon A People’s Choice and we took a leap, switched, and we’re so glad we did. They were quick to respond and moved as quickly as we did. They saved us SO MUCH money and answered all our questions. We worked together to get everything done smoothly, and we felt like APC treated us with respect and patience. We are so grateful we found them and got everything done with confidence. Thank you APC!”
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“I used A People’s Choice to prepare and file documents to probate my sister’s estate.  I began the probate process in pro per and hired them after discovering the difficulty in processing the probate by myself.  Very knowledgeable with good technology to keep me informed.  Their fees were significantly less than what I would have had to pay for an attorney, yet their services were excellent. I can’s see where an attorney would have been any better (or as good). Highly recommend this service.”
Ron C.
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C. Chiu
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Sharon B.
“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 had hoped to have my probate process taken care of by myself to save money. After the fourth attempt to file at the Clerk’s office, I left in tears and faced the reality of hiring an attorney. I look on the internet to find one and came across A People’s Choice. They offered a price that was way below what attorneys charge! They guided me through every step of the process and wrote up all the paperwork so that all I had to do was sign. It was really an amazing experience. They are a pleasure to work with.”
D. Chase.
“I am writing to give A People’s Choice my utmost recommendation. Living in New England, I 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
“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 an attorney. Many thanks to 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
“I had a great experience with my California probate case using A People’s Choice! The people that assisted me were so helpful.  I certainly could not have done this probate by myself.  The best part was that I was able to save over $10,000 in lawyer fees!  All my emails were always returned so quickly. Needless to say, I am a very satisfied customer.  I would highly recommend A People’s Choice to all my friends and family!”
Joi C
“After not having my call returned from a probate lawyer, I looked into doing a Spousal Property Petition myself.  A People’s Choice assisted me through the whole probate process and everything went smoothly.  When I appeared in court, I didn’t have to say a word. The judge just said, “granted.”  Using A People’s Choice I saved thousands of dollars, and I’m so glad that probate attorney didn’t return my call.  I highly recommend A People’s Choice.”
Donna G.
“A People’s Choice walked me through the entire probate process. This company is very professional and helpful and 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 I would get an answer on Monday but lo and behold, I often got an answer within minutes! Thank you to the staff for your guidance and patience to talk me through such a difficult time. You made the process very smooth! Probably saved us about $10,000! We are very pleased and will be referring our friends/family to A People’s Choice!”
L. Garrett.
“Probate itself is a frustrating and expensive process. A People’s Choice was professional and courteous throughout a long probate process. 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. 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.  If you email your questions, they’ll get back to you and won’t make you feel like you are ignorant if you are unclear about any part of the process.”
Marcel B
“A People’s Choice worked on my probate case for over 1 year. Their knowledge, dedication, and commitment to clients are exceptional, preparing the required legal documents, and all the court filings. They used the e-filing system which really expedited the process. They always answered my emails in a very timely manner and were professional. The probate process is long and sometimes seems overwhelming. It’s also very expensive, A People’s Choice saved me thousands of dollars as compared 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!”
“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 need probate help, I would highly recommend A People’s Choice.”
Sylvia A
“A People’s Choice is an incredible organization and extremely well-run business. My probate was taking place in California, but I live in Washington state. Probate is extremely expensive, but A People’s Choice is able to lower this expense by a huge amount and provide outstanding service. Probate is very stressful – it has a legal language all its own. A People’s Choice provides all the information you need to understand Probate and lower your stress. They are truly worth much more than their reasonable fees. I am a legal “dummy”. I was treated with respect and given answers to questions about the process. Their staff is incredibly knowledgeable and helpful. They get back to you quickly and are very efficient. I would recommend A People’s Choice to anyone that is dealing with Probate. I am so thankful that I found this excellent organization!!
Kathy H.
“Thank you so much for all your help through this California probate process.  By using your company instead of a California probate lawyer, we were able to cut our expenses dramatically.  Thank you for answering my many questions and for giving me a heads up on documents that could be prepared in advance in order to save time and money.  There was always someone available to help! Thank you again.”
Craig K.
“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.
“VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!! My experience with A People’s Choice was EXCELLENT!! I retained their services to help me with the probate process after unexpectedly losing my Mom. I received quotes from 2 lawyers locally and they were 3 to 4 times the price. All communications from the staff were punctual and very thoroughly explained. They were there to support me the entire time. Any and all questions I had were explained as needed with very quick responses. There were NO HIDDEN FEES or charges. They have a very easy to use portal to access all of the documents. I can’t say enough good things about the work that they did for me!!! Thank you to all the staff. You are an amazing team and I appreciate everything you did to help my family and I when we needed it most!!”
Hisham A.
“I cannot say enough about the time and money this company saved me. With their help I finished Probate in Tulare Co on my brother estate in little over 12 months. I am a letter carrier with no legal training, yet , I completed the entire process mainly because A People’s Choice walked me thru each step. They filed most papers electronically which resulted in me needing only three court appearances (and saved me from many trips to Visalia.) Keep in mind, all probates are different but if you have limited resources I recommend this company. The Probate Judge complimented me on the good work I received from A People’s Choice, saying this was not always to case with other legal help offices.”
Jack M.
“The entire team at A People’s Choice were very supportive in our probate case. Losing a parent is extremely difficult, and so is the subsequent paperwork.  A People’s Choice made it easier and charged a very fair price, saving us thousands in attorney fees. What I liked a lot was the transparency and digital tools used. Documents were managed via email and on a platform. Payment for court items was easy. I appreciate that they use modern methods in an old school industry and most things could be done remotely. All in all, I can definitely recommend A People’s Choice if your case is straightforward. Thank you to Sandy and team for helpful us get here! What a huge relief! I’m glad we had your support along the way. Made it way less stressful and way more manageable.”
Jenn C.
“I would have never thought I could complete a full probate online without an attorney. A Peoples Choice guided me through the process every step of the way. They are a very professional and knowledgeable company far exceeding my expectations. My advice to anyone seeking this kind of service is as long as you are committed to doing your part, with A Peoples Choice guidance you will complete the task. A Peoples Choice Is a 5-star company that I was lucky enough to stumble upon in my searching process.”
Rhonda G.
“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 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 did a great job on the probate I had to go through for my mom. I really didn’t have to think about most of it. I just signed or filled out the papers they sent through the Portal. I would definitely use A People’s Choice again if the need arises! All their people were professional and friendly. Overall it was a great experience for me at a very difficult time!
L. Wade.
“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.

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The average home value in Solano County is $419,300. House values are predicted to rise 4.6% 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 $400,000 probate filed in Solano County would be $11,000! By using the flat fee services of an experienced probate legal document assistant, the estate can save thousands of dollars.

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How to File Probate in Solano County

As mentioned above, you do not need to hire an attorney to file probate in Solano County. Ordinarily, most people can easily complete the probate process without employing an attorney by simply hiring an experienced probate legal document assistant to help.

First, the probate process begins by the estate’s executor or family member filing a petition to probate an estate. Furthermore, the petition must be filed in the County where the decedent last resided. Next, the court will appoint a representative or executor to carry out the probate process. This includes obtaining an inventory and appraisal of all the decedent’s assets and debts, notifying all interested parties about the probate and paying outstanding debts and taxes. Lastly, the court needs to approve the distribution of all remaining assets to beneficiaries and heirs.

During the probate process, the personal representative or estate executor will deal with the probate referee and probate examiner. With this in mind, the personal representative is responsible to find and list the estate assets. Conversely, the probate referee is responsible to appraise the decedent’s non-monetary assets. Specifically, the inventory will include items such as real estate, business-related property, stocks, bonds, bank accounts, and household furniture, to name a few.

The probate examiner reviews the probate petition and related legal documents and submits them to the judge for further scrutiny . If documents are incomplete upon filing, the examiner will post probate notes outline the problems before the judge hears the case.

Where to File Probate in Solano County

The Solano County Superior Court hears legal matters about conservatorship, probate, and guardianship of minors and adults. Probate of estate cases are heard at the following place:

Hall of Justice
600 Union Avenue
Fairfield, CA 94533

Effective January 1, 2018, all probate matters filed in the Fairfield Court will be assigned as follows:

The Honorable Judge Alesia Jones
Department 22 (Fairfield Courtroom 305)

Hearings occur Monday through Thursday starting at 9:00 a.m. The Clerks office hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday excluding court holidays.

Solano County Probate Rules

Of course, every court has their own set of rules that must be followed when filing paperwork in that court. For this reason, it is essential to check the local probate rules of court before you begin the process. In particular, Rule 7 pertains to Solano County probate cases.

Adjudicated Newspapers for Solano County

When you file probate in Solano County, you are responsible for publishing notice of the probate filing in a legally adjudicated newspaper.  There are several area newspapers for Solano County. Some include:

Benicia Herald,820 1st St., Benicia, Tel: (707) 745-0733
Daily Republic, 1250 Texas St., Fairfield, Tel: (707) 425-4646
Dixon Tribune, 145 East A St., Dixon, Tel: (707) 678-5594
Vacaville Reporter, 916 Cotting Lane, Vacaville, Tel: (707) 448-6401
Vallejo Times Herald
440 Curtola Parkway, Vallejo, Tel: (707) 644-1141

Solano County Probate Examiner

The role of the probate examiner is to review the petition and other filed documents before a scheduled hearing. Notably, the probate examiner will make notes about questions, deficiencies, or other problems they see with the paperwork. Eventually, these probate examination notes become available on the court’s website. You can assess the probate notes through the court’s website by selecting the department where the hearing is set. The examining notes are displayed below any tentative rulings. You can also access the probate notes and tentative rulings by phone by calling (707) 207-7331.

A court appearance by the personal representative is not required if they are satisfied with the intended ruling as long an order has been submitted for the Court’s signature. On the other hand, if a case is not included in the notes/rulings, an appearance is necessary

Furthermore, if there is are deficiencies in the pleadings, the personal representative must appear at the hearing. With this in mind, deficiencies can often be corrected by timely filing a supplement.

Solano County Probate Referee

The current probate referee in Solano County is Raymond J. Simonds. His contact information is:

690 E. Tabor Avenue, Suite A1
Fairfield, CA  94533
Phone: (707) 425-1005
FAX: (707) 425-1055
e-mail: probate4u@aol.com

To clarify, the probate referee values all the assets of the estate. Correspondingly, the personal representative must prepare the Inventory and Appraisal and present it to the probate referee for his completion. Next, after the probate referee has valued all the assets and completed the inventory, the inventory must be filed with the court.

Options For Probate Help in Solano County

When dealing with a contested probate, you can always consult with an attorney on an hourly basis and obtain limited legal representation. Inasmuch as you only need legal advice on a particular issue, hiring an attorney by the hour on as “as needed” basis will save the estate a substantial amount of money. Remember, attorneys receive a statutory fee to probate an estate. Furthermore, the attorney’s fee is directly tied to the gross value of the estate. To put it differently, though an attorney may do the same amount of work to probate a small estate as a large estate, the attorney receives a substantially higher fee for higher valued estates.

Contact A People’s Choice for more information on how to file probate in Solano County. In the event you chose to use our services, you will undoubtedly save the estate thousands of dollars, putting more money into the pockets of the beneficiaries and heirs.

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