New conservatorship cases in Sacramento County Superior Court have risen sharply over the past three years. Judge Steven M. Gevercer, who presides in Department 129 (the Probate Division), presented startling numbers at a March 21, 2017 lunch of the Sacramento County Bar Association’s Probate and Estate Planning Section. The panelists, including the judge and veteran court staff, spoke on “Issues Arising in Conservatorship Cases.”
According to Judge Gevercer, in Fiscal Year 2014 (ending June 30, 2014), there were 238 new conservatorship cases filed in Sacramento. The number rose to 287 new filings in Fiscal Year 2015 and 333 in Fiscal Year 2016. This amounts to a whopping 40 percent increase in conservatorship cases over the most recent three years.