Starting next month, new Los Angeles Superior Court probate cases will be filed in one central courthouse, instead of multiple district locations throughout the county.
Currently, there are 10 courthouses that hear probate cases.
On April 8, new cases concerning wills, trusts, estates, guardianships and
conservatorships will be filed in Room 429 in the Stanley Mosk Courthouse, 111
N. Hill St. in Los Angeles, according to a news release earlier this month.
For a short time, between April 8 and June 10, district courthouses will
continue to hear cases already set for hearing, said Mary Hearn, spokeswoman for
the Los Angeles Superior Court. But on June 10 all remaining adjudicated cases
will be transferred to the Stanley Mosk Courthouse.
The Antelope Valley Courthouse, in the North District, is the only facility
that will not be impacted by change.
There is one accommodation the court plans to make regarding the transferred
guardianship and conservatorship cases.
"If there is some overriding hardship that prevents parties in those cases
from traveling to the Stanley Mosk Courthouse, the court will consider hearing
the case at an outlying location," Hearn said. "The reason is that conservatorship and guardianship cases frequently
involve people with some kind of physical or mental disability that make
traveling that distance especially difficult."
"They can make a motion to the court to have the matter heard in a location
closer to where they reside."
The consolidation is part of an effort to save between $55 million and $85
million in the 2013-14 fiscal year.
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