Would you like to file probate in Trinity County? A People’s Choice can help you complete and file the forms you need to probate your loved one’s estate. More importantly, we can save you thousands of dollars in legal fees in comparison to what a probate attorney in Trinity County would charge. Contact us today for more information about our low-cost probate and legal document preparation services. As you are learning about probate, be sure to check out our exciting new website ProbatebyME.com which is dedicated to probate and estate administration matters in California. Read on to learn how to file probate in Trinity County, California.

Probate is a court supervised process of administering the assets of deceased person’s estate. This includes paying outstanding bills, filing final tax returns, and paying all taxes due. The personal representative is responsible for paying pay all debts before they are able to distribute the remaining assets to beneficiaries and heirs. It is important to note that most probate matters are resolved within a year of filing.

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M. Rice
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K. Levenson
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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
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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!”
“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
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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 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.
“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.

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The average house value in Trinity County is $329,450. 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 $350,000 estate filed in Trinity County would be $10,000! 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 Trinity County

Probate involves a straightforward court-supervised process. In a nutshell, probate consists of taking an inventory and appraisal of the deceased estate and liquidating necessary assets to pay outstanding taxes and debts. The Trinity County Probate Division hears matters regarding probate, guardianship, and conservatorship.

The Trinity County Superior Court hears Probate matters at the following location:

Main Courthouse
6641B State Hwy 3
Hayfork, CA 96042

Trinity County Probate Rules

Petitioners should review Section 5 of the local court rules before filing a probate petition in Trinity County. In addition, the personal representative must provide all interested parties with notice of the probated estate. In addition, the estate’s executor must provide notice to interested parties about the probate by placing an ad in a local newspaper.

Adjudicated Newspapers for Trinity County

Contact the Trinity County court clerk for a list of adjudicated newspapers for Trinity County. You will need to arrange for publication of the Notice of Hearing in a local newspaper in Trinity County as part of the probate process.  If you want to use the Trinity Journal, you can arrange publication through their website. If you use our non-attorney probate services, A People’s Choice will help to schedule the required publication as part of our standard services for our clients.

Trinity County Probate Referee

The probate referee for Trinity County is:

Susan L. Jeffers
P.O. Box 994761
Redding, CA  96099-4761
Phone: (530) 605-0204
FAX: (530) 605-4361
e-mail: sljeffers@sbcglobal.net

The role of the probate referee is to appraise the non-cash assets of the estate. They probate referee will charge a fee as set by California law for these services. The fee is equal to 1/10th of 1 percent of the total value of the property appraised by the probate referee. In smaller estates, the probate referee can charge a minimum fee of $75 which equates to property having a value of $75,000. As part of our standard services, A People’s Choice will deal with the probate referee to make sure the Inventory is properly prepared and timely filed with the court.

How to File Probate in Trinity County

There are many steps required when filing a probate in California, To file probate in Trinity County you must prepare a Petition for Probate and all required attachments and submit the document at the Court Clerk’s office in Hayfork, California. Once the petition is filed, the court clerk will schedule the first hearing. Before this hearing, the personal representative will need to arrange for publication of the notice in a local newspaper.

At the hearing, if the court grants the opening of probate, the judge will sign the Order for Probate, and the Court Clerk will issue Letters of authority to the personal representative. Afterward, the Superior Court Clerk of Trinity County will set a date for hearing on final distribution. This date is set one year from the date of filing the order for probate. The personal representative must write down this date on the front of the order for probate and serve a copy of the order for probate on all interested parties. The Order for Probate must show the expected date for hearing on distribution.

After the Court Clerk issues the Letters, the next step is to get an inventory and appraisal of the non-monetary assets of the estate. Although the personal representative must prepare the Inventory to document, a court-appointed Probate Referee has the job of valuing all the assets and completing the Appraisal part of the document. During the probate process, the decedent’s assets may have to be liquidated to pay any outstanding taxes or debts. A Petition for Final Distribution must be filed to ask court approval to distribute the assets. If the court approves all actions taken by the personal representative during the probate process, the court will approve the distribution of the remaining assets to the beneficiaries and heirs.

Do You Need to Hire an Attorney?

Contact A People’s Choice before you hire an attorney to probate your loved one’s estate. We have successfully helped California families probate their loved one’s estate without the family hiring a probate attorney. Most probate matters are resolved in less than one year. If you have a contested probate case, however, you may want to consult with an attorney. Keep in mind, attorneys charge statutory fees to probate an estate which is not directly related to the amount of work they may invest into a matter. For example, an attorney will receive the same a higher legal fee to probate an estate valued at $900,000 in comparison to $600,000 despite investing less time into the matter. Contact A People’s Choice today to find out exactly how much you will save using our non-attorney probate services to probate your loved one’s estate. Using our non-attorney probate services will undoubtedly save the estate thousands of dollars, putting more money into the pockets of the beneficiaries and heirs. Please also visit our exciting new website ProbatebyME.com which is dedicated to probate and estate administration matters in California.

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