If you are looking for help filing probate in San Diego County, A People’s Choice is a low-cost alternative to hiring a San Diego probate attorney. Unfortunately, the San Diego County court has many unique rules and procedures that differ from the probate process in other counties. As a result, probate can be difficult without some type of professional help. Luckily, A People’s Choice has helped many self-represented people successfully file probate in San Diego. In fact, we often assist attorneys who are not familiar with the county’s process or paperwork! Read on to learn more about San Diego probate and A People’s Choice.

Local Rules to File Probate in San Diego

All San Diego probate matters are filed with the Probate Department in the Madge Bradley Building at 1409 Fourth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101. You can find the local rules for the San Diego Probate Court here.

One of the more recent changes to the San Diego Probate Court’s local rules is the new mandatory electronic filing requirement. Now, you may only file probate documents through the San Diego Probate Court’s approved electronic service provider, One Legal. You can find more specific information on San Diego’s electronic filing procedure on the court’s website. Additionally, documents must comply with the local rules and California Rules of Court 2.250-2.261.

Unfortunately, San Diego’s new electronic filing requirement adds another burden on self-represented individuals. However, A People’s Choice facilitates the electronic filing of probate documents for our clients in San Diego County. This way, you don’t have to worry about a confusing new system!

San Diego Probate Court’s Special Requirements

Although certainly not an all-inclusive list, the following identifies some of the unique intricacies of the San Diego County Probate Court. To file probate in San Diego, you must do the following:

  • file your probate electronically
  • serve notice to electronic assignment on all parties
  • blue-back the original will
  • pay the fifty dollar fee to lodge the original will
  • file a special declaration signed by the newspaper publisher regarding the newspaper publication process in addition to the standard proof of publication required by other counties
  • file a detailed list of all existing creditors
  • avoid dispersing the estate prior to approval of the petition for final distribution to avoid obstacles in the last stage of the process

Probate Examiner’s Notes for San Diego Probate Cases

As with most other courts, the San Diego Probate Court posts the examiner’s notes before scheduled hearings. Therefore, you can view the probate examiner’s notes online for probate hearings scheduled for the upcoming week. Believe it or not, we have observed that probate filings in San Diego are scrutinized more critically than in others! As a result, the probate examiner typically requires supplemental pleadings to clarify questions or concerns.

Unfortunately, San Diego County Court hearings on finalizing a petition for probate or final distribution often require multiple court appearances. Therefore, it is important to stay on top of notes posted by the probate examiner when there is a scheduled hearing. Furthermore, you can ask any questions about the notes via email no earlier than two weeks before the hearing. You can email the San Diego County Court probate examiner at CentralProbateExaminerNotes@sdcourt.ca.gov. Refer to the court’s website for other rules about emailing the probate examiner.

In conclusion, if you need help filing probate in San Diego County, contact A People’s Choice. Our San Diego probate services can help to eliminate the stress and confusion of the county’s unique and complex process. More importantly, you will save thousands of dollars compared to statutory attorneys fees! Call us today at 800-747-2780 to learn more.

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