Unfortunately, the probate process is not inexpensive in California. Fortunately, several small estate probate proceedings may be an alternative to settle an estate, and these alternative procedures are reasonably cheap. On the other hand, full probate can cost several thousand dollars in fees and costs, even when you do it yourself.

Filing probate with the help of an experienced probate legal document assistant is, by far, the cheapest way to complete California probate. Attorneys can charge statutory attorney fees based on the gross value of the estate.  Remember, these fees do not take into consideration debt nor correlate with the estate’s net worth. We suggest you use our probate calculator to see what the statutory attorney fees would be for your estate. You may be surprised at the amount you will save when you use ProbatebyME/A People’s Choice to help you with the probate proceedings.