November 26, 2014
How to Sign Up for ADR in Probate Cases
 

Fill out the Probate Stipulation and Order to ADR form.

To fill out the Probate Stipulation and Order to ADR Form and Instructions, you and the other parties must first:

  • Agree on an ADR neutral
  • Agree on a date and time to have your ADR session
  • Schedule the ADR session directly with the neutral's office
  • Then, have all the lawyers and the parties who do not have lawyers sign the form

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One of the parties must file the form in person or by mail

Superior Court of California, Probate Division Clerk
400 County Center
Redwood City, CA 94063-1655

There is no filing fee for filing the Probate Stipulation and Order to ADR form with the court.

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What if we don't have a neutral yet?

You can search for a neutral by going to the Probate ADR Program Panelist List. The panelists are lawyers, non-lawyers and retired judges who serve as neutrals. You can also agree with the other side to any neutral you both want

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Are there any other forms we have to fill out?

Yes. Within 10 days of completing ADR, you and your lawyer (if you have one) must each fill out an Evaluation Form.

There are 2 separate evaluation forms. One for parties, Probate Client Evaluation and one for attorneys, Probate Attorney Evaluation.

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Is the Probate Stipulation and Order to ADR form for mediation only?

No. You can use this form for mediation, binding arbitration, or neutral case evaluation.

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