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Conservatorships & Guardianship of Estate

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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To Join Department 23 “Zoom” By Phone:

  • Call: +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) and enter the same meeting ID and password as listed above.

Guide for Participating in Court Proceedings via Zoom for Dept 23:

  • After joining the meeting and checking in with the clerk, please mute your audio when not speaking. This helps keep background noise to a minimum.
  • Be mindful of background noise when your microphone is not muted. Avoid activities that could create additional noise, such as shuffling papers.
  • Position your camera properly if you choose to use a web camera. Be sure it is in a stable position and focused at eye level, if possible. Make sure everything visible in the frame is appropriate for an appearance in court.
  • If a confidential session becomes necessary it is incumbent on you to ensure you are able to participate from a private location so that unauthorized people cannot overhear or see the proceedings.
  • Chat is enabled for the sharing of documents among participants and the court and to allow attorneys to communicate individually with each other or their clients only. No chat messages should be sent privately to the court as it would amount to an unauthorized ex parte communication. Neither should chat messages be sent to all participants unless directed by the court.
  • 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.

Tentative Rulings

Hon. Rene A. Chouteau for Hon. Jennifer V. Dollard
Wednesday, September 20, 2023 at 9:30 a.m.

  1. Conservatorship of Jandon Briscoe

Tentative Ruling: Temporary conservatorship is DENIED.


  1. Conservatorship of Julia Castagnetta
    SPR 094185
    Status Update

Tentative Ruling:  The case has been transferred out. No further action is necessary.


  1. Conservatorship of Sierra Alexis Crossland
    Account & Report

Tentative Ruling: Despite irregularities, the second account and report is approved.

The payment for Karen Butulia is approved in the amount prayed.

Attorney fees are approved in the amount prayed.

No further accounting shall be required, as long as the assets are in a blocked account.


  1. Conservatorship of George Boghosian
    Account and Report

Tentative Ruling: First and Final Account and Report is approved.

Conservator fees are approved in the amount prayed.

Attorney fees are approved in the amount prayed.

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

The matter is set for review on Thursday, November 30, 2023, at 3:30 p.m., in Department 23 for status of distribution of estate and filing of an ex parte petition for final discharge and order, if a final discharge and order has been filed, no appearances shall be required.


  1. Conservatorship of Harry L. James
    Appointment of Conservator

Tentative Ruling: Appearances required.


**End of Tentative Rulings**

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