Civic Center, Hall of Justice, Room 113
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 decedents'
estates, conservatorships, and guardianships for procedural correctness before they are acted on by the Court
at the hearing. The Probate Examiner advises counsel or self represented litigants of defects in the documents
filed with the Court and recommends changes.
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
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 Hearings. Probate Court ex parte matters are heard on Monday at 9:00 a.m. The party requesting an
ex parte appearance must notify all other parties to the action of their intent to appear ex parte by 10:00 a.m.
the Friday before. The party seeking the order must notify the court by calling (415)444-7044 and leaving a message
no later than 10:00 a.m. the Friday before.
The ex parte application filing fee contained in the Fee Schedule shall be paid in the Clerk’s Office prior to the
hearing in a department.
Tentative Rulings. Tentative rulings in Probate cases are posted on the Court's website.
Click here. Tentative rulings are available after 12:00 p.m. on the court day preceding the
Below is specific information on:
The Probate Court has jurisdiction over the following types of matters:
- Decedent's Estate and Trusts
- 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)