Option 2: Hire a probate legal document assistant. One of the best probate attorney alternatives is hiring an experienced probate legal document assistant. Hiring a registered probate legal document assistant will avoid you having to wade through a complex legal process and the voluminous legal forms all by yourself. People are discovering this to be the cheapest option to get through the complex California probate process without breaking the bank! A registered legal document assistant can not only help complete all the forms required, but a top-notch service will also offer case management along way, making sure the case moves along as quickly as possible. At A People’s Choice, we have helped many people throughout California probate their loved one’s estate for a reasonable fee. We do not charge statutory fees unlike attorneys. We provide low, flat fee document preparation and calendar management services. Contact us for more information about our full-service document preparation and processing
Option 3: File a Heggstad Petition. Filing a Heggstad Petition is only available under limited circumstances. This is one of the little known probate attorney alternatives which, like a full probate, can often be handled by an experienced probate legal document assistant. A Heggstad Petition requests the court to allow inadvertently omitted property to be placed into a trust, thus avoiding the probate process. Read more about filing a Heggstad Petition here.
Option 4: Transfer assets into a trust. One way to avoid probate is to transfer assets into a trust. Unfortunately, this must be done before someone dies. A living trust allows a person to transfer real property, bank accounts, investments, and other assets. As the trustee, he/she can administer trust assets. Upon death, trust beneficiaries can receive the trust assets without going through the probate process. If your loved one created a trust and did not “fund” it, as mentioned above you may be able to file a Heggstad petition to transfer estate assets. Contact us for more details.
We have many resources throughout our website providing tips on how to probate an estate. Read through them to familiarize yourself with the process. We can walk you through the probate process. Contact us to learn about cheap probate attorney alternatives and how you can probate your loved one’s estate without the headache of paying thousands of dollars in attorney fees.