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COVID-19 Probate FAQ

Probate FAQ

Updated 5/19/2022.

The Clerk's Offices are open for in-person transactions between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Clerk's Office employees are available to assist by telephone from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and are processing documents submitted by E-Filing or by U.S. Mail or Drop-Box (for self-represented parties only) throughout the day.

For questions regarding Probate cases, you may call:
Santa Maria: 805-614-6414
Santa Barbara: 805-882-4520

The clerk's office accepts filings in-person from self-represented litigants between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. All attorneys are required to E-file. Electronic filing is available here.
If it is impossible for self-represented parties to file documents electronically, they may submit documents by U.S. mail to the proper address listed on the courthouse location page.

Self-represented parties may also use the drop boxes located in Santa Maria at the front of the Civil Clerk's Office; in Santa Barbara during business hours in front of the Civil Clerk's Office at 1100 Anacapa St; and in Lompoc at the entrance for Superior Court.

Self-represented parties may file by FAX in Santa Maria or Santa Barbara.
FAX filings fees are $1.00 per page and you must include the Judicial Council FAX cover sheet, form MC-005, and include a credit card number and three-digit security code on the form.

FAX filing numbers:
Santa Barbara: 805.882.4519
Santa Maria: 805.614.6616

Most probate proceedings may be heard in person or by Zoom. The court no longer routinely allows the use of Court Call. Please refer to the Information/Process for Remote Appearance – Civil document for information on proceedings that require personal appearances and how to request appearance by Zoom. Info/Process for Remote Appearance-Civil

Probate Notes are posted under Tentative Rulings on the Online Service tab of the court website.

Please contact the assigned department for ex parte requests.

  • Dept. SM 2, SM 3 and LM 2: 805-614-6500
  • Dept. SM 4: 805-614-6515
  • Dept. SB 3 and SB 5: 805-882-4570
  • Dept. SB 4 and SB 6: 805-882-4590

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