Event Details

Probate/Civil Cross-Overs

Trust, Probate and Conservatorship attorneys sometimes find themselves reviewing or mired in an estate-related civil lawsuit. Civil attorneys sometimes find themselves foundering inside a Probate Court. This class, previously taught as an advanced course to experienced California probate judges, discusses the interface of probate court and civil court, some of their most critical distinctions, and some their shared attributes. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Distinguish both the similarities and the differences between procedures in California probate courts and California civil courts;
  • Identify substantive and procedural tensions between the two court systems and how those tensions both manifest and most often resolve; and
  • Integrate consolidation and bifurcation techniques to allow litigation attorneys to seek the best results for their clients while managing expectation.

Registration Fee

SCBA Members: $65 | Barristers Club (1st 5 yrs. of practice): $45 | Public: $80 | Students: $20 | SCBA's T & E Section Members: $0


For the comfort of our guests, a limited number of in-person seats are available. If you wish to attend in-person, we suggest notifying our office at your earliest convenience to reserve your seat. Walk-ins will be admitted as space allows. In-person registrations expire at the start of the presentation. We do ask that you arrive promptly; otherwise your reserved seat may be given to a walk-in attendee. In-person reservations are non-refundable unless cancelled prior to 3 pm one business day prior to the presentation. All registrations are assumed to be remote unless otherwise stated. To reserve your seat for the in-person option, please contact Ann Horn at Ann@SonomaCountyBar.org or (707) 542-1190 ext. 100 to transfer your remote registration to in-person. 


Judge Glen Reiser (Ret.) 2023 photo

Hon. Glen Reiser (Ret.)
Judge (Retired)

Hon. Glen M. Reiser (Ret.) has vast experience adjudicating and resolving thousands of complex commercial, real property/environmental, trust and family law disputes as a respected trial judge and litigator. Judge Reiser spent more than 20 years on the Ventura County Superior Court, serving as both supervising probate judge and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) judge for more than a decade. Prior to his appointment to the bench, he litigated hundreds of civil cases to successful conclusion in trial and appellate courts throughout California.

Judge Reiser regularly teaches California judges trust, probate, and conservatorships through the Judicial Council of California’s Center for Judicial Education and Research (CJER).

Judge Reiser is known for using his thoroughness, intellect, attention to detail and breadth of knowledge to develop creative solutions to disputes of all types.

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