Aug 07, 2022
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TENTATIVE RULINGS – ESTATES/OTHER PROBATE
Friday, August 5, 2022, at 9:30 a.m.
Honorable Lawrence E. Ornell
 
Courtroom 23
 
3055 Cleveland Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
 
 
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Court Call 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, and whether they will appear in person or by Zoom. 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.    
 
 
To Access the Probate Examiner Notes:
 
·         Navigate to the Home page of the Sonoma Superior Court website: www.sonoma.courts.ca.gov.
·         Choose Court Case Portal
·         Choose “Click here to access the Portal”
·         Accept the Terms
·         Choose Smart Search, insert your case number, and follow all instructions.
 
 
To Join Department 23 “Zoom” Online

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-The recording function has been disabled. Remember, the prohibition against recording court proceedings, even remote ones, remains.
-Be patient. Check in will take more time and the experience from those who have tried this before is that proceedings are a little slower generally.
 
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ESTATES/OTHER PROBATE
 
1. 
 
ESTATE OF
HARRY LEE STOKES
SPR-092817
 
WAIVER OF ACCT & REPORT
TENTATIVE RULING: APPEARANCES REQUIRED.
 
2.
ESTATE OF LEILANI MAJOR
SPR-095652
 
SPOUSAL PROP PETITION
TENTATIVE RULING: APPEARANCES REQUIRED.
 
3.       
ESTATE OF
JOSEPH EDWARD DEBNAR
SPR-095910
 
WAIVER OF ACCT & REPORT
TENTATIVE RULING: APPROVED. NO APPEARANCES REQUIRED. Administrator’s extraordinary fees are approved in the amount of $3,157.00 based on fee rates customary for the work completed. The proposed order has been modified to reflect this change. Any future Case Management Conference dates are dropped from calendar.
 
4. 
ESTATE OF PATRICIA POPOV
SPR-096134
 
WAIVER OF ACCT & REPORT
TENTATIVE RULING: APPROVED. NO APPEARANCES REQUIRED. Any future Case Management Conference dates are dropped from calendar.
 
5. 
ESTATE OF
THOMAS EUGENE CORDER
SPR-096283
 
WAIVER OF ACCT & REPORT
TENTATIVE RULING: APPROVED. NO APPEARANCES REQUIRED. Any future Case Management Conference dates are dropped from calendar.
 
6. 
ESTATE OF
BROOKE MCKUSICK
SPR-096667
 
LETTERS OF ADMIN
TENTATIVE RULING: NO APPEARANCES REQUIRED. This matter is CONTINUED to
September 9, 2022, at 9:30 a.m. in Department 23. Please refer to the Probate Examiner Notes posted in the case file.
 
7. 
ESTATE OF
SUSAN JANE KELLY
SPR-096776
 
LETTERS OF ADMIN
TENTATIVE RULING: APPROVED. NO APPEARANCES REQUIRED. Bond is not required as all heirs have waived bond. Petitioner is to file an Inventory and Appraisal within four months of issuance of letters (Prob. Code section 8800(b)) and either a petition for an order for final distribution of the estate or a report of status of administration within the timeframe set out in Probate Code section 12200.
 
The matter is set on the December 21, 2023, probate case management conference calendar at
3:00 p.m. in Department 23 for status of estate or final account and distribution. No appearances at the hearing will be required if the court determines that administration of the estate is timely proceeding, or good cause is shown why more time is required.
 
8. 
ESTATE OF
RONALD FRANKLIN BAXTER
SPR-096800
 
PROBATE OF WILL
TENTATIVE RULING: NO APPEARANCES REQUIRED. This matter is CONTINUED to
September 2, 2022, at 9:30 a.m. in Department 23. Please refer to the Probate Examiner Notes posted in the case file.
 
9. 
ESTATE OF
WALTER ROGERS
SPR-096803
 
LETTERS OF ADMIN
TENTATIVE RULING: NO APPEARANCES REQUIRED. Matter is CONTINUED to
August 19, 2022, at 9:30 a.m. in Department 23 to be heard with a competing Petition for Probate.
 
10. 
ESTATE OF
ELIZABETH COURTEAU
SPR-096672
 
LETTERS OF ADMIN
TENTATIVE RULING: NO APPEARANCES REQUIRED. This matter is CONTINUED to
September 2, 2022, at 9:30 a.m. in Department 23. Please refer to the Probate Examiner Notes posted in the case file.
 
 

 

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