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TENTATIVE RULINGS Probate Calendar – CONSERVATORSHIPS
 
November 19, 2021 at 9:30 a.m.
Courtroom 18 – Hon. Jennifer V. Dollard
 
 
PLEASE NOTE: In accordance with the Order of the Presiding Judge, a party or representative of a party may appear personally in Courtroom 18 or may appear remotely through Zoom. 
 
 
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CourtCall is not permitted for this calendar.
 
 
If the tentative ruling does not require appearances, and is accepted, no appearance is necessary. 
 
Any party who wishes to be heard in response or opposition to the Court’s tentative ruling MUST NOTIFY the Court’s Judicial Assistant by telephone at (707) 521-6893 and MUST NOTIFY all other parties of the intent to appear. Both notifications must be completed no later than 4:00 p.m. on the court (business) day immediately before the day of the hearing.
 
Unless notification of an appearance has been given as provided above, the tentative ruling shall become the ruling of the court the day of the hearing at the beginning of the calendar, absent an objection from an interested party per Probate Code section 1043.   
 
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CONSERVATORSHIPS
 
 
CONSERVATORSHIP OF RONALD W. HANCOCK
SPR093460
ACCOUNT AND REPORT
 
 
TENTATIVE RULING: The First and Final Account and Report is approved.
 
Attorney fees are not set by statute but are based on the “reasonable” value of services rendered (See PrC §§2640(c), 2642(b)).  The Court has considered many factors to determine a reasonable and just fee for legal services, including the value of the estate, the nature and difficulty of the tasks performed, the time spent, the results achieved, and whether those results benefited the estate.
 
Attorney’s fees are approved in the amount of $6,512.50, and costs are approved in the amount requested.
 
Reserve of $1,500.00 from the Charles Schwab for closing costs is approved.
 
Petitioners are directed to deliver the property in their posession to Sharee L. Hundza, administrator of the estate of Ronald W. Hancock-SPR095889.
 
Upon the filing of an Ex Parte Petition for Final Discharge and Order, the co-conservators shall be discharged and surety on their bond exonerated. 
 
Petitioners are directed to submit an order that conforms to this ruling.
 
 
                                                    LIMITED CONSERVATORSHIP     ACCOUNT AND REPORT
                                                     OF GINO M. WETZEL
                                                     SPR094620
 
TENTATIVE RULING: Continued to January 7, 2022, at 9:30 a.m. in Department 23, for petitioner to provide notice to Department of Health Services pursuant to Probate Code §215. Notice is required when a deceased person has received or may have received health care benefits i.e. Medi-Cal and/or In Home Supportive Services.
 
 
 
            
CONSERVATORSHIP OF RICHARD T. TWEEDIE
SPR095300
ACCOUNT AND REPORT
 
TENTATIVE RULING: Continued to December 3, 2021, at 9:30 a.m. in Department 18, to allow time for the court to review the declaration that was filed on November 15, 2021.
 
 
 
            
CONSERVATORSHIP OF LAURA KISH MOORE
   ATTORNEY’S FEES
 
TENTATIVE RULING: The petition for allowance of fees for court-appointed counsel is approved in the amount requested. Reimbursement of costs advanced is approved in the amount requested. 
 
Anne N. Dennis is hereby discharged as court-appointed counsel. The Court thanks Ms. Dennis for accepting the court appointment and for the valuable and skilled services provided. 
 
 
 
            
CONSERVATORSHIP OF
JAN P. YOUNG
SPR095641
ATTORNEY’S FEES
TENTATIVE RULING: The petition for allowance of fees for court-appointed counsel is approved in the amount requested. Reimbursement of costs advanced is approved in the amount requested. 
 
Anne N. Dennis is hereby discharged as court-appointed counsel. The Court thanks Ms. Dennis for accepting the court appointment and for the valuable and skilled services provided
 
 
           
CONSERVATORSHIP OF FRED DINER
SPR095856
APPOINTMENT OF CONSERVATOR
 

TENTATIVE RULING: The Court has reviewed the report of court-appointed counsel, filed on November 10, 2021, and the supplemental declaration, filed on November 16, 2021. Absent the filing of a request for dismissal by the petitioner, this matter is continued to December 17, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. in Department 18 for the purpose of allowing the proposed conservatee to demonstrate an ability and willingness to accept voluntary services as he has indicated he would do, by actually implementing and using such services, and to demonstrate that a conservatorship is not the least restrictive alternative. Court appointed counsel and petitioner are directed to file informal updates at least 5 days before the hearing addressing whether Mr. Diner has followed through on his promises to accept and use help (and any other relevant developments). All temporary orders are extended to December 23, 2021. Petitioner shall submit new temporary letters. The Court makes no orders with regards to driving without a license or driving under the influence as both are already prohibited by existing law. The Court does indicate that to the extent Mr. Diner engages in conduct that is prohibited by law or otherwise dangerous to the health of himself or others, the Court may consider that in connection with the ultimate issue of whether a conservatorship of the person or estate here is necessary. Should the petitioner file a request for dismissal, all powers granted under existing temporary letters shall be terminated upon its filing.

 
 
 
           
CONSERVATORSHIP OF GEORGE VASSILAKI VASSILOU
SPR095988
APPOINTMENT OF CONSERVATOR
 
 
 
 
 
MATTER OF EVA M. ELLIS
SPR096052
OTHER
 
TENTATIVE RULING: Approved.
 
 
 **THIS IS THE END OF THE TENTATIVE RULINGS**
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