Probate - Quick Guide

Updated September 20, 2022

Family Relations Courthouse

3341 Power Inn Road
Sacramento, California 95826

  • Filings submitted by US Mail will be processed and returned to you by mail in one to two weeks. Please include a self-addressed envelope with enough postage to return the filed/endorsed documents to you.
  • Drop box available for filing documents Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except court holidays. For tips on using the Drop box, download our printable Drop Box Instructions.
  • Documents submitted by attorneys without a stamped, self-addressed envelope will be placed in the attorney cabinet for pickup.
  • To file in-person, you must either make an appointment online or request a service ticket from Reception. In person filing is available Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm., except court holidays.

Probate Hearings and Trials

Self-Help Center

  • Remote assistance is avaiable via e-Correspondence.
  • In-person assistance is available on a walk-in basis Monday through Thursday, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, except court holidays. Start at Reception.
  • Workshops are offered on a variety of topics and may require an appointment.
  • Assistance is only available to self-represented litigants

Probate Court Records

  • May view some documents online by using the Public Case Access System except for guardianship and conservatorship.
  • Submit a request for documents by US Mail or drop box addressed to the Probate Division, including accompanying fees. Requests will be processed in approximately two weeks.
  • Payment by check, money order (made out to Sacramento Superior Court) or credit card authorization form.

Probate Notes

  • The Probate Attorneys review all petitions and orders for content and legal requirements before they are acted upon by the court.
  • The Probate Attorneys publish probate calendar notes itemizing any legal deficiencies on each case.
  • You may view Calendar Notes approximately 10 days prior to the hearing at Calendar Notes.
  • Deficiencies must be responded to and cleared by filing a pleading that conforms to Local Rule 4.01.

Probate Court Investigations

  • Guardianship and Conservatorship investigations are conducted in person.

Requesting an Interpreter

  • For all probate proceedings call the Court at (916) 875-3400.

Temporary Orders / Ex Parte Requests

  • The current procedure for submitting ex parte applications can be found here.

As information can change quickly, please continue to check the Sacramento Superior Court Probate Webpage frequently for any new information and advisements.