Probate Geo City
Probate Geo City
Geo City’s Most Trusted Probate Services.
Virtual & In-Person Appointments
Geo City Divorce Mediator
A probate must be done through the court if someone who owns real property (or real estate) passes away without a Living Trust. Even if the decedent had a Will, the Will must be submitted to probate court before the property can be inherited.
A Petition to Determine Succession to Real Property is a type of simplified probate that can only be done for estates under $166,250. An assessment by the Probate Referee may be needed prior to starting this process.
A Heggstad Petition can be done in the event someone with a Living Trust passes away without titling their real property (or real estate) into the Trust’s name.
A Spousal Property Petition must be executed in the event someone who owns real property (or real estate) passes away without adding their spouse’s name to the property title.
Consultation – $85
Agreeable Full Probate – $4,500 (additional $800 for Petition for Special Administration)
Heggstad Petition – $1,200 (additional $100 per each additional piece of real property)
Spousal Property Petition – $1,200
Petition to Determine Succession to Real Property – $1,200 (estates under $166,250)
Affidavit re: Real Property of Small Value – $399 (under $55,245)
Affidavit for Collection of Personal Property – $120 (additional $50 for each additional asset)
Court File Fee – $435
Lodge Will (if applicable) – $50
Publication Fee – varies by newspaper (estimate ~$200 – $400)
Probate Referee – varies depending on total value of the estate
Certified Copy of Order from Court – $25
Fee to Record Order – Varies by County
PLEASE NOTE: Additional fees may be charged if the probate becomes contested or if additional documents are needed.
A divorce mediator is neutral party trained to assist divorcing couples in settling issues related to divorce and separation.
Though a mediator can be and attorney, mediators and attorneys have different roles in divorce. An attorney represents their client’s interest and how they should present their case.
In contrast, a mediator is a neutral party who does not give legal advice nor do they represent either party or either side of a dispute, even if the mediator is an attorney.
Geo City Mediation fees are generally shared evenly between both parties.
A minimum of 6 months from when your spouse receives a court filed copy of the initial divorce documents. That said, timing depends on many factors, including if your matter is agreeable or not. Having professional help is critical as the court forms and entire process is complicated to manage.
An average divorce in California costs $17,500. Hiring a legal document preparation professional, including having the option of divorce coaching and mediation, can significantly reduce that cost.
No. If your matter is agreeable or uncontested, and have legal help, you will never see the inside of a courtroom.
No. A competent legal document assistant, with the option of coaching and mediation, is likely all you need. If legal advice becomes necessary, attorney input can be sought.
No. Just like all attorneys are not the same, this goes for document assistants and mediators. It is best to hire someone you feel comfortable with and trust, so do your homework upfront and choose wisely as it can make a difference.
No family situation is identical. There are a variety of aspects to be considered. The process of establishing custody, visitation, and child/spousal support can be made easier or remain difficult. If you and your spouse are not able to come to an agreement together, bringing in a coach and/or mediator to assist can prove valuable. There are many creative ways to come up with an agreement which are often unaware of by the parties and available in the legal professional’s toolbox.
Technically, yes. It may not be the best idea. Many of our divorce clients need help completing the process. I applaud do-it-yourselfers, but the court forms have so many little nuances so having professional help from the get-go could prove well worth it in the end.
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