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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.    

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  • 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.

Tentative Rulings

Hon. Jennifer V. Dollard
April 26,  2024 at 9:30 a.m.

  1. Conservatorship of Jan P. Young
    Account & Report

Tentative Ruling: The conservator is ORDERED to, within the next 15 days, hand over to the personal representative of the deceased conservatee’s estate in case SPR096894, or her counsel, the following:

-Possession, access and control of all assets of the conservatorship (such as cash, investments, real property, personal property, such as guns, jewelry, and furniture, etc.);
 -all records of the conservatorship estate (such as bank statements, escrow documents, appraisals, etc.); and
-all information necessary to access assets or information about the conservatorship of the estate (such as, passwords to accounts, user names, account numbers, keys, etc.) 

The conservator is SUSPENDED forthwith and is not discharged.  Any claims by the conservator for reimbursement, or fees, etc., are reserved for later determination by the Court in the related estate case.  Any claims against the conservator for waste, fraud or loss of assets of the conservatorship estate are also reserved to the estate of the deceased conservatee.   

This matter is CONTINUED to June 20, 2024, at 3:00 p.m. in Department 23, to confirm receipt by the estate of the items ordered above, and to receive an update from the personal representative of the estate regarding the ability to account for assets of the decedent and further proceed.  Otherwise, the conservatorship case shall now trail the estate case. 

To the extent it is necessary, the personal representative and her counsel in the estate case may seek extraordinary fees for the work related to reconstructing the information necessary to conclude the decedent’s affairs, yet not provided via the conservatorship.  The Court reserves jurisdiction to surcharge the conservator’s beneficial share of the estate for said extraordinary expenses. 

The court clerk is directed to serve a copy of these minutes on counsel in SPR096894.

  1. Conservatorship of Madeline H. Martinez
    Account & Report

Tentative Ruling: CONTINUED to May 24, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. in Department 23, for petitioner to cure the deficiencies listed in the CI Memo filed on April 17, 2024.

  1. Conservatorship of Diane Haas
    Account and Report

Tentative Ruling: The First and Final Account and Report is APPROVED.  Conservator fees are approved in the amount prayed.

Upon filing an ex parte petition for final discharge and order the conservator shall be discharged.

*End of Tentative Rulings*

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