See the Probate Community Resources page in our Self-Help section for a listing of community resources for your use.
The Santa Clara County Council on Aging , a community organization focusing on services for seniors, publishes the Senior Services Directory for seniors and their family. Click to visit their Online Resource Directory for seniors.
Visit the County website for information about other services offered by County of Santa Clara .
The Probate Division of Superior Court (located at the Downtown Superior Courthouse) handles a wide range of issues involving adults and children. The following is a list of matters heard in the Probate area of our Court. Clicking on the links below will take you to pages in the probate Self-Help section of this website.
- Transfer of property of people who have died
- Disputes about trusts
- Appointment of a person to oversee the finances and/or the care of an older adult or a developmentally disabled adult who cannot take care of him-/herself (Conservatorship)
- Appointment of a person to make certain mental health decisions for someone who is gravely disabled and is unable to care for his/her personal needs. (LPS - Lanterman-Petris-Short Mental Health Conservatorships).
- Requesting a hearing to challenge your quarantine order
- Appointment of a person to oversee the finances and/or the care of a child whose parents are unable to care of the child (Guardianship)
- Adoptions for children and adults
- Names changes for adults and children
- Approval by the court of the terms of an agreement to settle a claim by a child, usually involving an injury (Minor’s Compromise)
- Freeing a child from the control of a parent and giving the child some rights as an adult (Emancipation)
- Establishing a fact of a birth, death or a marriage that has not been recorded or cannot be obtained.
For information on restraining orders for older adults who have been abused either financially or physically, see the Elder/Dependent Adult Abuse page in the restraining order section of this website