Where to File Probate in Placer County
The Placer County Probate Court hears matters involving probate, conservatorship, and guardianship.The court is located at the following location:
Hon. Howard G. Gibson Courthouse
Bill Santucci Justice Center
Departments 30 – 44
10820 Justice Center Drive, Roseville, CA 95678
The court clerk’s operating hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Placer County Probate Rules
Place County Probate Rules can be accessed online. Refer to Rules 80.0 through 80.5 which affect Placer County probate cases. The rules will also show any applicable local forms Placer County may need.
Adjudicated Newspapers for Placer County
Please refer to the published list of legal newspapers for Placer County that are authorized to post the required probate notice. In this regard, you should be aware that there are specific rules about which newspaper is the proper paper for publication. A personal representative is not merely able to pick a random newspaper publisher on this list.
Placer County Probate Examiner
As is available on most Superior Court websites, Placer County Superior Court publishes probate notes on pending probate cases. These rulings are updated periodically and can be reviewed here. It should be noted, however, that under Local Rule 80.1.4, these calendar notes are not a tentative ruling on the merits of the case. Calendar notes are usually available five days before the hearing are typically updated the day before the hearing. Interested parties can contact the probate research attorney 916-408-6119 with questions.
The calendar notes include the status of the case, identify procedural defects, will show if a court appearance is required, and may include other helpful information. Keep in mind, if no appearance is required but an interested person appears and opposes the petition, the court will likely continue the hearing to allow them to file and serve a written objection.
Placer County Probate Referee
During probate proceedings, the estate’s Personal Representative will be responsible for performing an inventory and appraisal of the decedent’s estate, paying any outstanding taxes and debts, and distributing any remaining property to beneficiaries and heirs. With regards to the inventory and appraisal process, it is the probate referee’s job to value all the non-cash assets.
Kevin P. Eckard is the current probate referee for Placer County. The contact information for the probate referee is as follows:
P.O. Box 240
Auburn, CA 95604
Phone: (530) 888-0472
FAX: (530) 888-6457
How to File Probate in Placer County
To begin the probate process, the estate’s representative must file with the court a petition to probate. Also, if the decedent had a will, the personal representative should also file with the court the original will and any amendments. The personal representative should file the probate case in the county where the decedent last resided before passing away. Once the personal representative receives Letters of authority, they can contact the probate referee to conduct an inventory and appraisal of the decedent’s estate. All non-monetary assets of the decedent’s estate will be appraised. The probate referee’s job is to complete the appraisal. During the probate process, the personal representative may need to liquidate assets to pay taxes and creditors. After the court approves a Petition for Final Distribution, the personal representative can distribute remaining assets to beneficiaries and heirs.
Probate involves simple legal steps. A People’s Choice completes most of our probate matters within eight to ten months from filing. As mentioned above, it is essential to check the local court rules before you begin your case.
Avoid Paying Statutory Attorney Fees
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