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Contra Costa probate court and COVID-19 – CLOSED

The Contra Costa probate court remains closed.  We work throughout the state of California and are trying to keep things updated as we hear them.  With the exception of certain emergency hearings the Contra Costa Superior Court is closed until April 30, 2020.  Their press release provided: The Court has requested authorization from the Chief […]

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Covid-19 estate planning to avoid probate court

I imagine anybody reading this blog post has thought about the serious issues related to Covid-19. Most notably of course is the death rate and the rapidly growing numbers of deaths around the world but also right here in California, USA.  I don’t want to sound all doom and gloom but I am a lawyer […]

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Placer County Probate Court UPDATE due to Covid-19

Our Court runner reminded us this morning that the Placer county Superior Court, probate division, IS still accepting filings for new probate cases at the Roseville courthouse.  This is a dropbox service and not live with a clerk.  As a reminder I am speaking about the HON. HOWARD G. GIBSON COURTHOUSE which is located at: […]

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Sacramento Probate Court Update

We got this update from the Sacramento probate court and I wanted to share with my readers as I know a lot of people visit my site are looking for help with Sacramento county probates.   SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF SACRAMENTO WWW.SACCOURT.CA.GOV Effective March 25, 2020 Implementation of Court Closure Mitigation Plan from […]

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California probate court update

I wanted to provide a California probate court update as I know it today.  The reality is court schedules are changing daily!  Governor Gavin Newsom issued the stay at home order a week ago.  As you likely know essential work is allowed to continue. As best I can tell different courts are doing things differently. […]

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Electronic Wills in California

I was recently presented with a new probate situation that I have not seen before. Having done about 1,500 probate cases I have really seen just about every fact pattern there is… or so I thought. The new case brought forth the concept of an “electronic will” which up until a recently discussed California law […]

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California probate courts and the Coronavirus

Each day things change but currently several of the probate courts we regularly work in are either fully closed or basically closed.  Counties including Sacramento, San Francisco, Alameda, Solano, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Ventura, Los Angeles, and the list goes on.  Each court is different, each day is different, and all we can do is […]

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The ups and downs of the stock market and the California probate process

If you have the stomach for it the recent ups and downs of the stock market, primarily due to the Coronavirus it seems, are quite amazing to watch.  Up 1,000 one day, down 1,000 the next, up 700, down 600, and on it goes. Heck, yesterday (March 9, 2020) the market was down over 1,000 […]

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Coronavirus Disease 2019 2020 (Covid-19) and California Probate

Coronavirus is all over the news, right!?  You can’t pick up a newspaper or look at your favorite website without seeing something about Coronavirus. I even heard something this morning while listening to ESPN sports radio.  They were talking about all the people wearing face masks in the airport yesterday. The one host, on this […]

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California Probate DIY – what can possibly go wrong?

Let’s be honest some people are just DIYers and some people want it done for them. There is no judgement one way or the other.  My law firm provides extremely competent, full service, legal services. That’s what we do.  Therefore my post is about full service legal services and, in particular, the problems that can […]

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