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Probate Examiner Notes

  Probate Court Location
1130 O Street
Third Floor
Fresno, CA 93724

Telephone: (559) 457-1888
Fax: (559) 457-1835

Courthouse: 8 AM – 5 PM
Clerk's Office: 8 AM – 4 PM


The Probate Examiners review all probate documents for content and legal requirements before they are acted upon by the Court. Probate Examiner Notes are summaries prepared by the Probate Examiners after reviewing your documents. The summary is referenced by the Probate Judge during the review process. Probate Examiner Notes may include an identification of the parties involved in the matter, the relief sought, summaries of filed documents, and a listing of potential deficiencies. 

Any potential deficiencies will be listed on the Probate Examiner Notes in the right-hand "Needs/Problems/Comments" column and should be addressed and/or corrected before the matter is heard by the Court. Responding to the deficiency includes filing a clarifying or an explanatory declaration, or an amendment or supplement to your petition. All documents correcting and/or addressing issues raised in the Probate Examiner Notes must be in a format that is fileable with the court; e-mails and faxes to the Probate Examiners are not sufficient.  Pursuant to Local Rules 7.3(E) and 7.4.1, all documents curing or addressing the deficiencies must be filed at the Probate Clerk’s office at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance of the hearing date in order to be considered by the Court.

The Probate Examiners may be contacted directly by e-mail or fax. To identify which examiner reviewed your matter, please look for the Probate Examiner's initials in the “Reviewed by” portion of the Probate Examiner Notes found in the right-hand column at the bottom of the page.

Sarah Campbell (skc) can be e-mailed at or faxed directly at (559) 457-1766

Jennifer Forrest (JF) can be e-mailed at or faxed directly at (559) 457-1772

Leann Ginther (LEG) can be e-mailed at or faxed directly at (559) 457-1765

Kathy Tigchelaar (KT) can be e-mailed at or faxed directly at (559) 457-1762  

Leonor Villanueva (LV) can be e-mailed at or faxed directly at (559) 457-1764

It is the goal of the Probate Department to have Probate Examiner Notes posted four (4) court days prior to the hearing. Probate Examiner Notes are updated and posted twice daily at 11:00 a.m. and again at 4:00 p.m. and are only available for viewing on this website through the day of the hearing.

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Probate Examiner Notes are not part of the official Court file; they are summary reviews only.  Every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the documents placed on the Court's website, but the Court is not responsible for delays, errors or omissions in these web pages. 



Our Mission

The Probate Division of the Fresno County Superior Court is dedicated to serving the needs of the public in all matters related to Probate, Trusts, Guardianship, Conservatorship, Mental Health, and related cases. We will strive to meet the needs of our customers, and to provide them with professional, courteous, and friendly service. We will provide information and direction where appropriate, promote positive communication, and maintain the integrity of the judicial system.
































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