Pre-grants and probate examination notes are available on new probate petitions, spousal property petitions, final distribution petitions and other selected probate matters.
Probate notes are prepared by the court’s probate staff after they review a petition, motion, or other filings that is set for hearing. Probate notes will be posted on all probate matters except for guardianships and conservatorships.
Probate notes will tell the parties what problems if any, probate staff have identified with the petition, motion, or another filing. This gives the parties time to correct the identified problems before the hearing. Filing the requested documents or fixing the errors identified usually increases the chances parties will not have to appear at the hearing. The probate notes are not the judge’s intended rulings and should not be relied upon as such.
Probate notes are generally available one week prior to the hearing date. If the notes identify defects, problems may be corrected (known as “clearing the probate notes”) by filing the appropriate document(s). Documents may not be submitted via e-mail. Attachments e-mailed directly to court staff will not be opened.
Due to a temporary reduction in staffing levels, the posting of probate notes on the website has been temporarily suspended for all probate calendars on and after April 8, 2019. The court regrets any inconvenience this may cause.
Probate pre-grants are the court’s intended rulings on your petition, motion, or other filings that is set for hearing. These are posted the court day before your hearing. Pre-grant orders are available on new probate petitions, spousal property petitions, final distribution petitions, and other selected probate matters. Pre-grant orders are not posted for guardianships and conservatorships.
Probate pre-grants will be posted after 2:00 p.m. on the day before the hearing date. Probate pre-grants are also available by calling tentative rulings line.
Probate pre-grants for the following departments are posted with that department’s civil tentative rulings. Every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the documents placed on the web site, but the court is not responsible for delays, errors or omissions in these web pages. The official court documents are those filed with the case record, and any questions should be directed to the department where the hearing is set.
If you are satisfied with the intended ruling, your appearance at the hearing is not required. You need only submit an order for the Court’s signature. The pre-grant shall become the ruling of the court unless one or more parties appears at the hearing.
If there is a deficiency in the pleadings, you will need to appear at the hearing. If you need time to correct the error or submit additional documentation in support of your petition, please notify the judicial assistant for that department no later than 4:30 PM one court day preceding the hearing.
You may also need to appear at the hearing if:
If your case is not included in the list of pre-grant orders/notes
You wish to be heard on the proposed ruling
The matter is contested (e.g. someone has filed an objection to the petition)
Proof of a holographic will is required and has not been previously given to the court
The petition concerns court confirmation of a sale of property