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Conservatorship

Conservatorship is a legal proceeding in which the court evaluates the vulnerability of an adult who may be unable to take care of his or her own: needs for shelter, food, medical care, manage personal finances, or may be subject to undue influence.
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Guardianship

Guardianship is a court process by which a person other than a parent is given custody of a child or authority over a child’s property. Appointment as guardian requires the filing of a petition and approval by the court. 
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Probate

The Probate Department of the Court handles decedents’ estates, trusts, and conservatorships. These matters are filed and heard in the San Bernardino Civil/Probate Division only. Find out more here.
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Probate Notes

The probate examiner’s notes will be available on this web site approximately 2 weeks prior to the day of hearing through the close of business on the hearing day. View the notes here.
 

California Probate laws are established to protect and manage decedents' estates, trusts, guardianship of minors, and conservatorship of adults who are unable to provide for their personal needs or manage their financial resources.

The Probate Clerk’s Office and Courtrooms are located in the San Bernardino Courthouse. Click here for directions and hours of the court house.

The Probate Business Office is open Monday through Friday to assist customers with filings, purchase of forms/packets, viewing of records and depositing of wills. Some case records can also be purchased online through the open access portal.

The Probate Examiners are available to assist with existing cases that note deficiencies that are currently pending before the court. Click here to view Probate Notes.

The Court Investigators interview all persons who are the subject of a petition for conservatorship before the appointment is made, to determine if they understand the proceedings or have any objections. Periodic investigations are also conducted after the appointment to determine if the conservatee’s needs are being met.

The Court Investigators also investigate guardianships of the person and guardianship of the estate. Click here for information regarding Guardianships.

Court forms and rules can be found here.