The Three Types of Simplified Probate Alternatives in California
If the total value of the estate from which you are trying to get your inheritance is $166,250 or less, you might be eligible to use one of the simplified probate alternatives instead of the full probate. California offers different alternatives to probate depending on the type and value of the property you are trying to inherit:
- Personal property – In the context of probate law, personal property is any type of property besides real estate. To get your inheritance and claim personal property from an estate that is valued at $166,250 or less and does not include real estate, simply present an Affidavit to Receive Property.
- Real estate up to $55,425 in value – You can transfer the title of the deceased person’s house or land of modest value by filing an Affidavit re: Real Property of Small Value with the court of your county. This is a simple way to get your inheritance that consists of small valued real estate.
- Real estate between $55,425 and $166,250 – File a Petition to Determine Succession to Real Property with the court in your county to get your inheritance for estates under $166,250 and avoid a lengthy probate process.
When Probate is Your Only Choice to Get Your Inheritance
All estates valued at $166,250 or more must go through the full probate process, but some small estates require full probate, too. If a family member of yours has recently died and it is your responsibility to open the estate for probate to get your inheritance, you can easily feel overwhelmed. Just because you do not feel ready to handle the responsibilities of probate alone does not mean that paying a law firm is your only choice. Getting your probate or simplified probate alternative documents professionally prepared by a licensed legal document assistant is an affordable and time-saving option. In California, legal document assistants have the certification and the authority to prepare court documents, including probate forms, independently of lawyers. Paralegals do not have the qualifications to do this. Using a legal document assistant to maneuver the legal process required to get your inheritance will save you thousands of dollars.
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A People’s Choice offers practical solutions if you want to get your inheritance from an estate in probate but cannot afford to hire a lawyer to help you. Contact A People’s Choice for meticulously prepared probate forms completed at affordable prices. Call us today at 800-747-2780.