Superior Court of California, County of Solano

Superior Court of California, County of Solano

Fairfield Branch | Vallejo Branch

Probate & Conservatorship/Guardianship

Probate of Estate Cases:

Effective September 22, 2014, all probate of estate matters (excluding guardianship and conservatorships) filed in the Fairfield Court will be assigned as follows:

The Honorable Michael Mattice, Department 10 (Fairfield Courtroom 103) (Monday through Thursday at 8:30 a.m.)

The Fairfield probate calendar clerk's telephone number is (707) 207-7340.

Ex parte applications on Probate of Estate cases are heard by appointment only. If an ex parte application is necessary, please review Solano County Local Rule 7.10 on our website.

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Tentative Rulings

Pre-grants and probate examination notes are available on new probate petitions, spousal property petitions, final distribution petitions and other selected probate matters. To access the notes/intended rulings online, please click on the "Civil Tentative Ruling" button, then click the department where the hearing is set. The examining notes will be displayed below any tentative rulings.

To access the notes/pre-grant rulings by telephone, please call the tentative ruling number at (707) 207-7331. 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.

If your case is not included in the notes/rulings, you will need to appear.

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 p.m. one court day preceding the hearing.

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Guardianship Cases:

All guardianships of minors are heard by Judge Michael Mattice in Department 10 on Tuesday mornings at 9:00 a.m.  Department 10's courtroom is located on the 1st floor of the Hall of Justice, 600 Union Avenue, Fairfield, California. The calendar's clerk's telephone number is (707) 207-7340.

Ex parte applications on guardianships are heard by appointment only. If an ex parte application is necessary, please bring the ex parte application to the Family Law Clerks office for screening Monday through Friday by 12:00 noon.  Ex parte hearings are heard Monday through Thursday at 8:30 a.m.

Please see Solano Local Rules 5.4 and 15.6 for ex parte procedures.

The Solano County Superior Court has created a self-help video to assist petitioners who are filing guardianship actions without the assistance of an attorney. The video is 28 minutes in length and can be purchased in the Family Law/Probate/Adoptions Division of the court for $6.00. The video is also available for viewing online at www.cc-courthelp.org. For a direct link to this website for online viewing, please click here. The video provides an overview of the guardianship process, from start to finish. It covers the forms to file, the relatives who must be served, how to serve them, and the guardianship hearing. The website www.cc-courthelp.org also provides online forms and assistance with filling guardianship cases. Please refer to our local rules of court for local filling requirements.

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Conservatorship Cases:

Conservatorships of adults who are unable to provide for their personal needs or manage their financial resources are heard by Judge Michael Mattice in Department 10 on Monday's at 9:00 a.m.. LPS conservatorships are heard on Monday's at 9:00 a.m. by Judge Michael Mattice in Department 10. 

Judge Mattice's courtroom is located on the 1st floor of the Hall of Justice, 600 Union Avenue, Fairfield, California. The calendar clerk's telephone number is (707) 207-7340.Ex parte applications on conservatorships are heard by appointment only. If an ex parte application is necessary, please bring the ex parte application to the Family Law/Probate Division Clerk's Office for screening Monday through Friday by 12:00 noon.. Ex parte hearings are heard Monday through Thursday at 8:30 a.m.

When the court chooses you as a conservator, you are responsible to the court. You take on certain jobs and responsibilities. The court can examine everything you do as a conservator. It's important that you understand all the duties required of a conservator. You can get more information in the Judicial Council Handbook for Conservators. The law says you must have a copy of this handbook. You can purchase a copy of the Handbook for Conservators in the office of clerk of the superior in your county. Each superior court will prepare a local supplement to this handbook called the Directory of Community Resources. Ask the clerk of the superior court in your county for the Directory of Community Resources. The cost for purchasing both the Handbook for Conservators and the Directory of Community Resources is $20.

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Hours of Operation

Office Hours:

8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding Court holidays.

Phone Hours:

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding Court holidays.

Fairfield: (707) 207-7341

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Drop Box Information

Effective, January 14, 2013, our office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The number of documents processed per person, law firm or filing agency will be limited to five (5) between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. The only exception to the five documents limit will be if there is a statute running. For your convenience, there are drop boxes located at the Vallejo Branch Court and under the stairs on the second floor in the Hall of Justice in Fairfield, for dropping filing documents.

Between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. you may drop your papers for filing into the drop box at the Hall of Justice in Fairfield. Your papers will be file-stamped with the same date that they were placed into the drop box. If your filing requires a fee, please securely attach a check, DO NOT ATTACH CASH, to your documents.  If a self-addressed, stamped envelope is provided, endorse-filed copies will be returned to you by mail. If an envelope is not provided, your copies will be available for thirty (30) days in the pick up box located in the clerk's office.

Click here for information related to the Vallejo Solano Justice Center Drop Box.

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Notice of Fee Changes Effective July 1, 2012

The following fees will be effective July 1, 2012. See attached Notice of Fee Changes,

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Notice of Fee Changes Effective August 1, 2012

Court Reporter Fees Due, and Frequently asked questions.

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Notice of Fee Changes Effective January 1, 2014

See attached Notice of New Fees. Fee Schedule.

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Filing Fees

PROBATE FILING FEES:   
First Petition for Letters (Estates, Guardianships, Conservatorships), a first Testamentary Trust, Petition for Compromise of Minor's Claim, special proceedings, contest of Will/Codicil or other action, or transfer in from another court  $435.00
Filing any subsequent Petition for Letters , or other matters in the same proceeding, by a person other than the original Petitioner  $435.00
Filing first paper on behalf of any adverse party, whether separately or jointly  $435.00
First Petition for Letters and Special Letters of Administration; for Letters Testamentary or a First Account of Testamentary Trustee of a trust subject to continuing jurisdiction Estate or Trusts.  $435.00 
Petition for appointment of guardian of the person only or opposition to petition other than competing petition for appointment  $225.00
Petition for order setting aside estate of small value if no estate is pending for the decedent  $225.00
Petitions or objections or other papers in opposition for orders that are appealable under Prob.C 1300 or 1301  $435.00
Motions  $60.00
Applications for ex parte relief, except ex parte petition for discharge  $60.00
Petition for temporary letters of conservatorship or guardianship

 $60.00

COURT INVESTIGATOR FEES:   
General Conservatorship Investigations Only  $500.00
General Conservatorship Investigations after Temporary Conservatorship  $350.00
Temporary Conservatorship Investigation Only  $400.00
Six-Month Review of Conservatorship  $300.00
Status Review of Conservatorship  $300.00
First Review of Conservatorship of the Person & Estate with Accounting  $500.00
Biennial Review of Conservatorship of Person & Estate with Accounting $500.00 
Annual/Biennial Review of Conservatorship of the Person & Estate Accounting Waived  $300.00
Review of Conservatorship of the Person Only  $300.00
Review of the Conservatorship of Estate Only w/Accounting $300.00 
Spousal Representation Petition Investigation  $200.00
Final Accounting of Conservatorship  $300.00
Guardianship Investigations (Uncontested)  $450.00
Guardianship Investigations (Contested)  $550.00
Guardianship Investigations of the Estate Only (Uncontested)  $250.00
Guardianship Investigation of the Estate Only (Contested)  $350.00
Review of Guardianship Investigation of the Estate w/Accounting-Blocked Account  $200.00
Review Guardianship Investigation-Estate w/Accounting-Bonded Account  $350.00
Termination of Guardianship (Uncontested)  $400.00
Termination of Guardianship (Contested)  $500.00
Termination of Parental Rights (Uncontested)  $200.00
Termination of Parental Rights (Contested)  $400.00
Conservatorship Handbook  $20.00
Guardianship Packet  $10.00
Blank probate forms (Decedent's Estate)  No fee
Guardianship Self-Help Video (Becoming a Guardian)  $6.00
Miscellaneous Supplemental Reports  $200.00

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