Dealing with a Probate Estate can be very overwhelming and confusing. We are here to help you navigate the task of renting or selling a Probate Estate. Our office can handle everything from securing the property, cleaning it up, and preparing it for the market. Let us take care of your property during this challenging time. Below you will find answers to frequently asked questions along with the courthouse information and probate forms. As always you can call us and we will answer any of your questions.
General Probate Frequently Asked Questions
1. How do I get legal advice?
2. Where is the list for probate properties that are for sale?
3. Does the court provide a list of probated property?
4. My case was taken off-calendar. Do I have to file a new petition?
5. Are you closed at lunchtime?
6. What are your fees? Why are you charging me to file a petition when I paid a first paper fee?
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New Central Courthouse
1100 Union St.
San Diego, CA 92101
Probate Business Office:
Office Hours (Excluding Court Holidays)
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday – Friday
10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. by phone
10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in person
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Monday – Friday
Probate Court Calendar
Link to the latest Probate Court Hearings:
Probate Attorneys of San Diego Website and Attorney Directory:
- Probate Packets
- Judicial Council Forms
- Local Probate Forms
- California Department of Public Health Forms
- Preissued Subpoena Forms
The court’s attorneys and personnel are prohibited by law from advising persons regarding their individual legal problems. You should obtain an attorney of your own choice to answer questions or assist with legal matters.
There is no list. However, posting for upcoming petitions in the Central District can be found on the third floor business office in the viewing room.
The court does not provide such a list.
If the matter is taken off-calendar, you can request that the petition be reset by writing a letter and submitting it to the probate examiner assigned to your case. All defects except notice must be cleared prior to the matter being put back on calendar. If too much time has elapsed, you may need to file a new petition. Depending on the circumstances, re-notice, including re-publication, may be necessary.
Court offices are open during lunchtime with limited staff.
The Probate Timeline
|Prepare and File Petition for Probate||1-2 months|
|Court hearing on the Petition for Probate||2-3 months|
|The following are issued: Letters of Administration, Orders for Probate, Duties and Liabilities, Issue Bond (if ordered), & **Letters Testimentary **||2-4 months
(if not contested)
|Notice to Creditors||2-4 months|
|Notice to Department of Health Services Inventory & Appraisement||4-8 months|
|Pay State and Federal Taxes (if necessary)||6-12 months|
|Allow or Reject Creditor Claims|
|Possible Preliminary Distributions|
|Notice to Department of Health Services (if deceased received medical)|
|Notice to Franchise Tax Board (if heir is out of state)|
|Claim of Exemption (if assets transfer to a minor)||6-15 months|
|Receive Final Tax Letter from State and Federal (if appropriate)||6-18 months|
|File Petition for Final Distribution and Accounting||8-16 months|
|Hearing on Petition for final Distribution and Accounting|
|Order Approving Final Distribution and Accounting|
|Distribution of Assets to Heirs||9-17 months|
|Final Discharge Order (indicates close of probate case)||9-18 months|
|Final Distribution of Funds||9-18 months|
View a Probate Case File: