Do you need to prepare a supplement to clear probate notes? At A People’s Choice, we can help you check the deficiencies noted by the probate examiner and prepare a supplement to clear probate notes before your scheduled probate hearing. A People’s Choice has been providing statewide non-attorney probate services since 1980 which means our staff has a wealth of information and experience clearing probate notes! We offer affordable non-attorney probate legal document preparation services for all California counties.  Read on to learn more about what you need to do to clear probate notes in your probate case. Also, 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.

What is Probate?

Based on the size of the estate, when a person passes away, California law requires probate of his/her estate. Probate involves the court-supervised process of administering a deceased estate to his/her beneficiaries or heirs. The decedent may have appointed an Executor in his/her will to distribute his/her estate. If not, a family member may ask to be appointed as the estate’s administrator in the event the decedent passed away without a will.

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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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What are Probate Notes?

Probate notes provide a brief overview of the matter on upcoming probate calendar. These notes highlight errors and deficiencies in the probate petition. In general, probate notes can also ask for any information the examiner feels the court needs before being able to approve the pending petition. Probate notes identify parties involved in the probate and will list deficiencies in the filed petition. The probate notes will also show whether a petition has been recommended for approval and point out procedural defects.

Do not be alarmed if you see your probate court has probate notes and deficiencies. By and large, it is quite common for a personal representative to have to prepare a supplement to clear probate notes. In this regard, the personal representative is responsible for fixing any errors or deficiencies noted so the judge can approve the petition at the hearing.  Sometimes the probate notes appear to be written in a foreign language. Probate examiners often use a form of probate shorthand when they write probate notes. Contact A People’s Choice if you are not able to understand the notes. Keep in mind, the court will continue the hearing until a supplement is filed to fix all the errors and deficiencies.

What is a Probate Examiner?

A probate examiner is a person within the Superior Court who reviews all probate petitions before the judge hears the case. The examiner is responsible for making sure the probate petition is complete, meets all the legal requirements and complies with local rules and procedures. In this regard, the examiner will review the probate petition sometime before the scheduled hearing. Probate notes contain the examiner’s written findings in regards to the filed petition. The examiner will provide detailed notes outlining and describing in detail what other information the petitioner needs to submit to the court before the hearing.

In the best case scenario, the examiner will post the notes a week before the hearing, probate notes are usually available five days before the hearing in most courts, however sometimes notes are not available until the day before hearing. In this regard, parties often have to ask for a hearing continuance to allow them more time to respond to the notes.

How Do You Prepare a Supplement to Clear Probate Notes?

Unfortunately, you cannot prepare a supplement to clear probate notes using a judicial council form. To prepare a supplement to clear probate notes, it must meet strict guidelines, and identify each separate deficiency followed by the correction. Typically you would prepare a supplement to clear probate notes on numbered pleading paper. Sometimes if there is confusion about the probate notes, it may be necessary to contact the probate examiner directly. In this regard, you can go to the local court website to get the probate examiner’s contact information. Ideally, the local court’s website will publish the notes online. When probate notes are published on the court’s website, it makes it very convenient to get access to the notes. If you need help locating probate notes in an existing case, contact A People’s Choice. Avoid having your probate hearing further delayed. We can prepare the necessary supplement to clear probate notes and keep your case on track. Call us today at 800-747-2780.

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