CORONAVIRUS IMPACT

IMPACT OF CORONAVIRUS ON
SAN MATEO COUNTY PROBATE COURT
HEGGSTAD AND TRUST MODIFICATION PETITIONS
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Due to the current coronavirus shutdown in the San Francisco Bay Area, the following is the current status of ex parte petitions in San Mateo County Probate Court:

  1. Petitions are now being filed through the mail;
  2. Due to reduced staffing in the Court, there is no guarantee as to if or when a petition will be processed. Reduced staff have multiple responsibilities that will slow down the entire process;
  3. Currently the Probate Judge is considering ex parte petitions in the order they are submitted.  This could stop at any time, creating a backlog of petitions;
  4. Turnaround time currently is 7-10 days from the date of submission;
  5. Once accepted and filed, I do not know if or when the Probate Court will entertain the petition.  I have been informed by the staff attorney that I will only be contacted if there is an issue with a petition, but I will not be contacted if the petition has been granted and the Order signed by the Court.