Would you like to file probate in Tehama County? Contact A People’s Choice for more information about the legal document preparation probate services we provide to file all types of California probates . We help people throughout the country complete the probate process in Tehama County without paying expensive attorney fees. Don’t pay statutory attorney’s fees! You can save yourself thousands of dollars by working with our legal document preparers. Read on to learn more about how to file probate in Tehama County.  Also check out our new website ProbatebyME.com devoted entirely to our probate and estate administration services!

Despite common belief, you do not need to hire an attorney to probate an estate in California. Attorneys charge statutory probate fees to probate the decedent’s estate. The attorney receives a percentage of the gross value of the estate’s value. The amount of work an attorney is required to perform to complete the probate case, unfortunately, is not related to the fee the attorney will receive. In this regard, an attorney will receive a higher rate for the decedent’s probated estate valued at $900,000 in comparison to $700,000 despite investing less time and effort into the matter.

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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.
“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. 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
“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
“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
“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
“I must say that A People’s Choice is a very responsible and effective company. The 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 help you with your legal documents. You will be very satisfied with their work as I did!!!!”
C. Chiu
“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
“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 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!”
C.K..
“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
“I needed help understanding and filling out legal documents, but I didn’t have enough money to pay for an attorney. After searching the internet, 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 in 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.
“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.
“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. They 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.

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Important Money Saving Tip!

The average house value in Tehama County is $255,000. 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 Tehama 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 Tehama County

The Tehama County Probate Division hears matters on decedent estates, conservatorship, guardianship, and trusts. The probate of decedent estates consists of the court approved administration of a deceased person’s assets to his beneficiaries and heirs. The Tehama County Superior Court hears probate matters at the following site:

1740 Walnut Street
Red Bluff, CA 96080

Tehama County Probate Rules

Section 5, Rule 23 of the Tehama County Local Rules provides guidelines for probate cases filed in Tehama County. In this regard, you should be aware that Tehama County has elected to rely on California State laws and rules and has not created local rules applicable to Tehama County probate cases at this time.

Adjudicated Newspapers for Tehama County

You should contact the Tehama County court clerk for a list of adjudicated newspapers approved to complete the required probate publication. You can reach the clerk’s office at 530-527-3484. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Monday through Friday).

Tehama County Probate Referee

The appointed representative is responsible to inventory the decedent’s estate. In this regard, part of this process requires the preparation of an Inventory and Appraisal. Keep in mind, all non-monetary assets must be appraised. A court-appointed probate referee will review and appraise the non-monetary assets and provide the appraised values on the Inventory. At present, the court assigns all Tehama County probate cases to the following probate referee:

Jane Dolan
389 Connors Court, Suite A
Chico, CA  95926
Phone: (530) 342-4295
FAX: (530) 342-1994
e-mail: jdolan@sbcglobal.net

How to File Probate in Tehama County

Probate involves the court-supervised process of administering the contents of a deceased person’s estate. During the probate process, the personal representative will be responsible for paying any outstanding debts and taxes before distributing any remaining assets to beneficiaries and heirs. A personal representative can usually complete a routine probate case within a year of filing.

To file probate in Tehama County, you will first need to prepare and submit the probate petition at the court clerk’s office in Red Bluff. If the decedent had a will, you must lodge it with the court at the same time you file the Petition. Once you file the probate petition, the court will schedule a hearing. You will also need to provide notice to all interested parties as soon as you file a probate petition. In addition, you will need to complete publication of the notice in a legally adjudicated newspaper for Tehama County,

If the court approves the Petition, the court will issue Letters Testamentary to the Executor or Letters of Administration to the appointed Administrator at the conclusion of the hearing.

There are many steps that the personal representaative will have to take to successfully complete a probate in Tehama County. For excample, during the probate process, the estate’s administrator will have to notify all interested parties (creditors and beneficiaries) of the probate estate assets. In addition, the personal representative must pay all outstanding taxes and debts before they can distribute the assets to beneficiaries. Four months after the Court issues Letters, the personal representative can file a Petition for Final Distribution and ask the court permission to distribute all remaining assets to beneficiaries and heirs.

Do You Need to Hire a Probate Attorney?

Most probates are very straightforward. If, however, heirs are not cooperating and your probate matter becomes contested, you may be able to consult with an attorney on an hourly basis to get any legal advice you may need. Keep in mind, you don’t need to hire an attorney to handle the entire probate case. A People’s Choice can help you prepare the standard probate documents you need to file and complete your loved one’s probated estate in less than one year.

Contact A People’s Choice for more information about how you can file probate in Tehama County and save money probating the estate by working with a legal document preparer. Don’t forget to check out our exciting new website ProbatebyME.com dedicated solely to probate and estate administration services.

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