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Probate Division


The Probate Division handles matters of Estates, Trusts, Conservatorships, Guardianships, and other miscellaneous protective proceedings.

Remote Appearance

Probate matters will be heard as scheduled by telephone or remote video teleconference unless otherwise ordered by the Court. Attorneys, and/or parties without counsel, are instructed to contact the Alpine County Clerk’s Office at (530) 694-2113 to obtain the information necessary to make remote appearances.

See the Remote Appearances page for more information and forms. 


In most cases, you will be required to pay a fee to file papers with the court. Fees are set by the Statewide Civil Fee Schedule.

If you know your case number and fee amount, you may pay online.

Go to Online Payments for more information on paying online, by phone, or by mail. 

If you can’t afford the filing fee(s), you can file a “fee waiver” requesting your filing fees be waived by the Court.

Learn more about Fee Waivers

Copy/Search of Records Request

For information on how to request documents from a file, please visit our Records Requests page.

Alpine County Self-Help Services

A free resource available to eligible consumers to help find legal information. They do not give legal advice, but can help fill out forms  and assist parties. 

Self- Help Services  

Common Topics

  • Decedent Estates

    Estates: Probate proceedings may be carried out by the court on small and large estates. Please consult an attorney, paralegal, or do some research at a law library before filing.

    Wills Lodged: Within 30 days after having knowledge of the death of a testator, the custodian shall present to the clerk of the court the original will to be lodged for safekeeping, unless a petition for probate of the will is earlier filed. (Probate Code Section 8200 .)

  • Guardianships

    A guardianship is a court process by which a person other than a parent is given custody of a child(ren) or when a parent or other person is given authority over a child(ren)’s property.

  • Conservatorships

    A conservatorship is when a judge appoints another person to act or make decisions for the person who needs help, such as someone who is either physically or mentally unable to handle financial affairs and/or personal care. 

  • Lanterman-Petris-Short Act (LPS) Conservatorship

    A confidential court proceeding to appoint someone to manage financial affairs and personal care of one who is gravely disabled or mentally unable to handle those affairs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Alpine County does not have a weekly adjudicated newspaper of general circulation established within the county. If your probate filing requires publication in the newspaper, notice shall be published in an adjudicated newspaper* of general circulation published in California nearest to Markleeville, CA (the Alpine County seat), and which is circulated within the area of the county in which the decedent resided or the property is located pursuant to California Probate Code Section 8121(b). 

*California Government Code Section 6020

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