Want to know a little known secret? Despite common belief, there are cheap probate options available in California. In fact, one of those options include filing for probate without an attorney. To be sure, this is not information most attorneys freely share. In fact, most attorneys will try to make potential clients feel fearful of filing probate without an attorney. The truth is, most estate executors are capable of completing the probate process without being represented by an attorney, with the proper help.