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Probate Court

Cases Involving Property Rights After A Death

Probate Law cases involve petitions for Probate, Guardianship, Conservatorship, Petition to Terminate Joint Tenancy, Affidavit for Real Property of Small Value, Petition to Establish Fact of Birth, Death, or Marriage. If you are involved in a Probate Guardianship or Probate Conservatorship Investigation, such investigations will be conducted through the Family Court Services.


The Probate Department is in the Civil Division at the Main Courthouse located at:

Madera Superior Court
Civil Division
200 South "G" Street
Madera, Ca. 93637


Normal window hours are 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM. The busiest hours are from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM and from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Visitors are encouraged to report to the Civil Department window no later than 2:00 PM for processing and copies of case files. A drop box will be available from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM for filings. Note that cash payments cannot be placed in the available drop box at any time.

For tentative calendar dates, call the Court Services Division at (559) 416-5540 between 8:00 AM and 3:00 PM.


Current fees assessed through this department can be found on the Schedule of Fees.


Forms typically used in this department can be found on the California Courts website.

Please contact the Civil Division for filing questions at (559) 416-5525.

Local Procedures and Notes

  • Ex-parte hearings are heard in Department 37, Department 40, Department 44 or Department 45 Monday-Friday at 8:15 AM. Documents along with the 24-hour Notice or Non-notice Declaration must be submitted to the courts no later than 10:00 a.m. prior to the court date.
  • All documents are to be filed two (2) days prior to the court date.
  • Madera Superior Court does not have a Probate Examiner on staff.