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San Diego Probate Court: Important Information for Court Locations and Publication

In San Diego, California, there are two probate courts which are located in downtown San Diego at the Madge Bradley Court House and in Vista at the North County Regional Center. The Business Office is open from 8:30am to 4:30pm at these two locations however you must check your local branch first as all are closed on court holidays and these may not be holidays on your schedule. It is important to understand that the probate process includes the Probate Examiner who reviews all documents for legal requirements and content before the relief is granted by the Court. You can make an appointment to meet with the probate examiner and this information can be obtained at the court house. It is important to consult with an experienced attorney first since this process can be very confusing and frustrating to the novice and, sometimes, even to the experienced.

The technicalities can become very important and, at times, there is a need for publication. This is an important aspect of the probate process since the publications must by by a list of the approved newspapers by the San Diego Superior Court. This list was last revised on October 10, 2007 and there are over 30 to choose from. As the costs for filing, service and other mandatory fees can be very expensive, it is important to make sure that the newspaper is approved for publication or you will have to republish and this will cost twice. This list is frequently revised so it needs to be checked prior to making any arrangements for publication. In addition, it is important to have the least expensive newspaper to save money since all are equally qualified. The most current list can be obtained free of charge by e mailing our law firm of Law Office of Scott C. Soady, A Professional Corporation, LLP at

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