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Probate cases generally fall into three categories:

Probate of wills, trusts and estates:
Probate is the court-supervised process by which your assets are distributed and debts are paid after your death.

A judge will appoint a conservator when they determine through a court process that a person cannot take care of themselves or their finances.

Click here for the 2016 edition of the Handbook for Conservators. The handbook explains a conservator’s role and responsibilities and suggests resources for more information and assistance.

The judge gives someone that is not the child's parent custody of the child or the right to control the child's property or both.

Probate Notes

If you presently have a hearing scheduled, check Probate Notes.

Fees are required to be paid in conjunction with any of the above listed filings. You may ask the court to waive the filing fee if your household income falls below certain guidelines. To apply for a Fee Waiver you must complete and file a Fee Waiver Form . A current schedule of fees can be viewed at the following link: Fee Schedule

Forms typically used in this department can be found and printed at the California Judicial Council website, and our local court Forms. They are also available for purchase at any of our court locations.

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