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Inheritance: Probate, Wills, Trusts, Affidavits


COMMUNITY RESOURCES

These organizations may provide assistance with some aspects of probate situations. Contact these organizations directly for more information about the services provided.

Sacramento County Public Law Library Civil Self-Help Center
609 9th Street, Sacramento 95814
http://www.saclaw.org/pages/civil-self-help-center.aspx
The Sacramento County Public Law Library Civil Self-Help Center provides general information and basic assistance to self-represented litigants on simple probate proceedings, including simplified probate procedures for real estate valued under $150,000 and for spousal and domestic partner petitions.

Senior Legal Hotline 
444 North 3rd Street, #312
Toll Free: (800) 222-1753, Sacramento County: (916) 551-2140, Fax: (916) 551-2197
http://www.seniorlegalhotline.org/ 

Services provided: Free legal assistance for Sacramento residents age 60 and over on almost any civil issue including estate planning, probate, grandparent rights, landlord/tenant law, pension law, Social Security, and public benefits.  Free legal assistance for Sacramento grandparents/caregiver relatives age 55 and over, or low-income grandparents of any age, on custody or visitation of grandchildren. Free legal assistance for Californians of any age with pension or retirement issues.

Eligibility: Sacramento residents age 60 or over for legal assistance with civil issues.  Sacramento grandparents/caregiver relatives age 55 and over, or low-income grandparents of any age, on custody or visitation of grandchildren.  Californians of any age for legal assistance with pension issues.

Community Legal Services – McGeorge School of Law – Elder Law Clinic
3130 Fifth Avenue 916-340-6080

Services provided: Clinic students provide legal advice and undertake representation of individuals 60 and older in the greater Sacramento area.  Priority cases include nursing home residents' rights, conservatorships and alternatives, family law, Social Security, Medicare, SSI, health care access, housing, elder abuse, creditor/debtor disputes, powers of attorney, advance health care directives, wills and trusts.  

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FORMS

The Judicial Council creates some forms used to transfer property after death. The Sacramento County Public Law Library has created a variety of affidavits. For other situations, you may need to create your own forms. Our Research Guides & Step by Steps have instructions and samples for many commonly-used forms.

Judicial Council Forms
(http://courts.ca.gov/forms.htm).
These forms can be filled out online.

Sacramento County Public Law Library forms:  

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RESEARCH GUIDES AND STEP-BY-STEPS

The Law Librarians have created these research guides as an aid for those starting a legal research project. These guides recommend print and electronic resources that will help you find answers to your law-related questions. Guides marked "Step-by-Step"  provide step-by-step information, as well as sample forms, for common legal procedures.

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ARTICLES

Everyday Law and Ask the County Law Librarian articles are written by Law Librarians on a variety of common legal issues.