California probate can often be very expensive. After reviewing the costs, you may be tempted to handle your probate case yourself without an attorney. Here are some things to consider as you make your decision:
Probate with an attorney PROS:
You don’t have to worry about your probate. There are many different processes, forms and filings needed for probate. Your attorney will ensure the proper legal documents are filed at the right time with the right court. If something goes wrong, your attorney can fix it. You won’t lose any sleep wondering if you missed something important.
If you have a question you can call your attorney and ask. You don’t have to spend hours researching probate law trying to find answers to simple questions.
Probate with an attorney CONS:
The expense - of course! This is especially true if you have a simple estate without conflicts.
The hassle of finding an attorney you like at a reasonable price. Many attorneys offer probate services on top of other legal services, and it may be hard to narrow down your attorney list.
Probate without an attorney PROS:
All the money you’ll save! Probate attorneys may charge high fees for simple probates, and you will save money if you don’t have to pay those fees.
The satisfaction of completing a difficult task. If you enjoy learning new things you may enjoy the challenge of completing your probate case by yourself.
Probate without an attorney CONS:
You’re alone. If you have any questions or if you’re unsure about something, it’s often difficult to find answers.
Questions from the beneficiaries. If you are not the only beneficiary of the estate you may get phone calls or emails from the other beneficiaries asking why it’s taking so long or questioning your procedures. You can direct those questions to an attorney if you hire one - otherwise, you’re on your own.
Still thinking about it? Give me a call or send me a text at (661) 244-1222. I’m happy to answer your questions and my probate rates are very low.