Probate court laws protect the interests of individuals involved in probate court matters. These include the administration of an estate after someone dies, and the protection of the rights of minors or mentally incapacitated individuals.
Procedures that can be used to manage the assets and debts of a decedent, and / or to obtain authority to distribute the assets to those entitled to receive them.
For more information visit the Self Help Decedent's Estates, Wills and Trusts page.
A guardianship is a court case in which a person who is not the parent of a child asks for custody of the child, the power to manage the child’s property, or both.
A conservatorship is a court case in which a judge appoints a family member, friend or other responsible person (called a conservator) to care for another adult who cannot care for him or herself (called a conservatee).
For more information visit the Self Help Conservatorship page.
When a minor has a disputed claim for damages, money or other property and does not have a guardian of the estate, the following persons have the right to compromise, or execute a covenant not to sue on or a covenant not to enforce judgment on, the claim, unless the claim is against such person or persons:
The compromise or covenant is valid only after it has been approved, upon the filing of a petition, by the superior court of either of the following counties:
Applicability: Countywide Probate Division
All ex parte matters are to be submitted to the Probate Department pursuant to Local Rule 7130. All ex parte applications are to comply with California Rules of Court 3.1200 et. seq. (and in particular 3.1203 and 3.1204), 7.55, and (if applicable) 7.454. A declaration regarding 24-hour notice to any and all parties entitled to notice is required (may use local form RI-CI014 – Declaration Regarding Notice of Ex Parte Application (pdf )). Notice requirements are strictly observed by this court.
Applications for ex parte relief are to be submitted for filing at the probate clerk’s office located:
Applications filed by 10:00 a.m. in Riverside will be set for hearing at 10:00 a.m. in the assigned department the following day. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Riverside Probate Clerk’s office at 951.777.3147.
Applications filed by 11:00 a.m. in Temecula will be set for hearing at 10:00 a.m. in Department T1 the following day. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Riverside Probate Clerk’s Office at 951.777.3147.
Applications submitted by 10:00 a.m. in Palm Springs will be set for hearing on the following day at 10:00 a.m. in Department PS3. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Probate Clerk’s Office at 760.393.2617.
Required Documents to be submitted: Ex-parte petition or application, supporting declarations and memo of points and authorities, declaration regarding urgency (may be included in application), separate proposed order, declaration regarding notice to any and all parties entitled to notice. (may use local form RI-CI014 – Declaration Regarding Notice of Ex Parte Application (pdf )).
Remember that 24-hour notice to parties is required for ex-parte hearings. Notice requirements are strictly observed by this court.
Guardianship matters require a 5-day personal service of notice on natural parents of minors, giving them 5 days to respond to the court. Minors who will come under the guardianship must be personally served with notice if they are age 12 or older.
Conservatorship matters require a 5-day personal service of notice upon the proposed conservatee.
After reviewing the probate notes on the website, you may email a probate examiner. (Email is checked daily and you should receive a response within 24 hours)
However, keep in mind the examiner may only answer procedural questions. Examiners may not give legal advice or advise you how to handle your matter.Email a Probate Examiner relating to Probate Notes
Pursuant to Probate Code 2340, the court no longer maintains a list of private professional fiduciaries. Private professional fiduciaries are now licensed by the Professional Fiduciaries Bureau pursuant to Probate Code 60.1. Contact information for the Professional Fiduciaries Bureau is provided below:
Professional Fiduciaries Bureau
Post Office Box 989005
West Sacramento , CA. 95798-9005
Professional Fiduciaries Bureau Website (external site )