Delays with Probate in Santa Clara County 2021 

Real Estate Broker/Owner with KD Realty - 408.972.1822 CA DRE#01366594

It is a well-known fact that the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic and budget cuts increased the already backlogged Santa Clara County Probate Court.



Some say not enough is being done.  Yet, the court is doing all that it can to process more cases and catch up on the backlog.

During a recent Zoom meeting the Probate Judges discussed:


- The impact on the court since the Shelter in Place Order.

- A second full-time probate judge added in 2021.

- The pilot court process for Ex Parte Submission.

- Other changes in the probate court.

- Use of Microsoft Teams for hearings.

- A "Drop Box" at the court to expedite the processing of files.



Certified Probate Real Estate Specialist Kathleen Daniels 


May 3 -May 7, 2021, was an exceptionally busy week.  We provided attorney recommendations to four individuals who needed help with creating estate plan documents, a conservatorship, and/or an eviction. 


Need Probate Help is a real estate brokerage that provides probate real estate services.  If you need to sell real estate in probate, real property held in a trust or sell real property in a conservatorship, we can help. We specialized in probate. Give us a call at 408-972-1822 and let our years of experience and highly specialized services go to work for you.


Read the full post, Santa Clara County Probate Court 2021 Transition published on May 1, 2021. 


Comments (9)

George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathleen, COVID-19 impacted everything and everyone, and not in a positive way.

May 08, 2021 03:08 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathleen do not buy into the party line, I have been to a court confirmation during the Pandemic, there are many ways to stay on top some of it is done over the phone and the judge sits in the court room and others are done via Zoom and the way I did it was face to face.... the reality is most of these people get paid if the work an honest day or not.... keep that in mind, Endre

May 08, 2021 10:45 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

Endre,  all of that is happening in the Santa Clara County Probate court as well. There is no party line for anyone to buy into. Perhaps you read too much into the post or perhaps misunderstood it. 

Most all of the hearings initially were done via Court Call.  Recently they did away with Court Call and are now using MS Teams.  The Judge, Bailiff, Probate Staff Attorney, and Clerk are typically the only ones in the courtroom. 

The last time I attended a hearing on May 5, 2021 viva MS teams, there was one attorney in court for his hearing.  All others called in our joined by MS teams. 

Keep in mind, all counties are different. Santa Clara County had a 2-month backlog before the Pandemic.  Make no mistake, I am well aware of the Unions and how they work 🙂 

May 09, 2021 08:15 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.

Glad to hear it and I did not mean to downplay it and we are on the same page with the Unions:) never the less you are right every County has their own  'way of doing or not doing things" Endre

May 16, 2021 03:31 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist hi Kathleen... I recently closed on an estate sale here in Mecklenburg County. Despite pandemic closures, everything moved quite speedily and both I and my client were pleasantly surprised. Happy Mother's Day!

May 09, 2021 06:00 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

Thank you, Miss Nina Hollander, Broker for stopping by and for the Mother's Day wishes.  

Good to know that your recent sale went smoothly. 

May 09, 2021 08:16 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Kathleen - there will always be those who say problems with this or that have their root causes in some other this or that.  To me, that's just the way the world goes 'round.  As far as Santa Clara Country real estate, people who need to make a move will be well-served when you are their representative.  Your knowledge allows them to possess additional power.  

May 09, 2021 08:24 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist 

Very interesting and informative information 

May 09, 2021 01:19 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Hey there Kathleen! It seems that just about every government office is months behind

May 09, 2021 04:50 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I do see thIs speeding up in a few days time. I'm ahopefully right about this.

May 13, 2021 08:57 PM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Covid subjects are a time bomb waiting to go off.  Won't touch on them.  I do certainly appreciate the hard working people who there trying to do their job and helping us get thru this best we can.  Mark

May 19, 2021 04:27 PM
Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI
Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates - Gilroy, CA
REALTOR and Broker

All we can do is keep plugging away!  We will be open soon, life will return to a somewhat normal state.  

Jun 14, 2021 06:53 AM