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Phone: (415) 444-7040
Location: Civic Center, Hall of Justice, Room 113
Office Hours: 8:00am - 4:00pm

Wills Lodged. Upon a person's death, individuals must lodge the decedent's will with the Court. This must be done within thirty (30) calendar days of the decedent's date of death.

Probate Examiner. The purpose of the Probate Examiner is to review all documents related to decedent’s estates, conservatorship, and guardianships for procedural correctness before they are acted on by the Court at the hearing. The Probate Examiner cannot give legal advice or provide advisory opinions.

Probate Court Investigators. Court investigators primarily assist the Court in cases involving conservatorships, guardianships and, occasionally, stepparent adoptions. Court investigators have specialized training in social work, accounting, mental health and criminal justice.

New Case Filings.

Due to the length of time it takes to initiate a new lawsuit, documents received in the clerk’s office after 3:00 p.m. will be time stamped with the current date and processed the following court business day. The date of filing will be the time stamped date. See more information about procedures for filing court documents by clicking here.

To contact the Probate Court Investigators please call 415-444-7090.

  • Conservatorships - California law requires court investigators to carefully assess the living situations, general health and well-being and finances of conservatees or potential conservatees to ensure that conservators are acting in the best interests of conservatees. Investigators must visit conservatees regularly, review health and medical records, examine financial accountings prepared by conservators, and prepare reports for the Court on their findings.
  • Guardianships - Court investigators review and report on the qualifications of people who are seeking court appointment as guardians for children. These investigations include site visits and interviews with proposed guardians to determine the potential impact of the physical, emotional and social environment on the children.
  • Stepparent Adoptions - Court investigators conduct interviews with all family members related to the adoption of a stepchild by a stepparent and prepare reports for the Court on their findings.

Ex Parte Appearances. Please click here for more information about ex parte appearances.

Tentative Rulings. Tentative rulings in Probate cases are posted on the Court's website. Click here. Tentative rulings are available after 2:00 p.m. on the court day preceding the hearing date.

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The Probate Court has jurisdiction over the following types of matters:

  • Decedent's Estate and Trusts
  • Guardianships
  • Conservatorships [including Limited Conservatorships (developmentally disabled persons) and Lanterman-Petris-Short Act (LPS) Conservatorships)]
  • Other Probate Case Types (including Commitments of Developmentally Challenged Persons; Establishment of Fact of Birth, Death or Marriage; Minor's Compromise; and Riese Hearings)
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