Saturday, December 13, 2008

Probate Fees Increasing

Increased fees will take effect Jan. 1.

Fee changes can be attributed to Senate Bill 1407 [Signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in September] which gives permission for $5 billion in lease-revenue bonds aimed to finance upgrades to courthouses. The bill calls for financing construction, rehabilitation, renovation and replacement of court facilities.

Unlimited civil filing fees of more than $25,000 and probate and family law filing fees increase by $30 to $350. That $30 increase will be going to the State Court Facility Construction Fund's Immediate & Critical Needs account. In the case of some of the fees, all of the increased amount goes to the fund.

Fees regarding limited civil filings, appeal or petition for a writ, probate, and family law will see increases of $20 to $25.

According to county Superior Court documents, several non-first filing probate fees go up $170 and $160 to $350 and $200.

Court fees headed higher

See also:
Increased superior court fees

Courts to get $5 Billion for Repairs, Renovations

'Medieval' Yolo courthouse high on the list for replacement

California Courthouse Repairs


Anonymous said...

It is wrong to increase fees. Most people involved with probate court barely have enough money to make ends meet - and now an increase? It looks like just another way to discourage contesting an abusive conservatorship.

Anonymous said...

The courts need to concentrate on administering real justice. I am sure there are buildings that need repair, but the real repair is needed within the system.

Anonymous said...

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ PROBATE COURT $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
by design is a well oiled money machine from the wards, the hosts guarantees on personal enrichment of the guardians et al.

Anonymous said...

Why would a judge knowingly break the law in these probate cases?

For money, of course!

Well, why can't they - and the vultures who enjoy their patronage - kick in to the operations expense?