Probate Court

Probate court hears cases related to personal and financial affairs of adults and children.
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INTRODUCTION TO PROBATE COURT

The Probate Division hears cases concerning:
  • The appointment of personal representatives including guardianships for children and conservatorships for incapacitated adults;
  • The distribution and handling of estates of people who have died;
  • Petitions regarding trust administration;
  • Review and accounting of guardians and conservators;
  • Disputes about wills, trusts, and powers of attorney; and
  • Other matters that may arise under the Probate code.

Probate cases can be complicated. You may want to speak with an experienced probate lawyer. A lawyer can help you better understand the risks and responsibilities of your case.

GENERAL PROBATE INFORMATION

Courthouse Information

Effective January 5, 2015, the Probate Clerk's Office will be open until 4:30 p.m. Click here for more information.
 

FAQS / HOW DO I...

 
Probate Help for Children
Minor's CompromiseGuardianship
 
 

NEWS & INFORMATION

Probate Examiners no longer provide morning-of-hearing meetings with attorneys.  Click here for additional information.
 
Effective October 7, 2011, pleadings in probate matters may only be filed at the Berkeley Courthouse. For more information, please click here.
 
 
All probate documents shall only be filed in the Clerk's Office at the Berkeley Courthouse. To be considered, all documents shall be filed no later than two court days prior to the hearing date.
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