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Before the courts
February 07, 2014, 05:00 AM By Susan Cohn Daily Journal

Tom Jung/Daily Journal
LAWYERS DONATE TO LAW LIBRARY. Jeff Loew, left, chair of the Estate Planning and Probate Section of the San Mateo County Bar Association, talks with Andrew Gurthet, librarian for the San Mateo County Law Library, about the section’s recent $3,000 gift to the library. The library will use the money to purchase additional estate planning, probate and conservatorship materials.

SAN MATEO COUNTY ESTATE PLANNING AND PROBATE LAWYERS MAKE GENEROUS GIFTS TO LAW LIBRARY, LEGAL AID AND OMBUDSMAN SERVICES. One goal of the Estate Planning and Probate Section of the San Mateo County Bar Association is to educate its members, as well as other San Mateo County professionals practicing in the area of trusts, probate and conservatorships; another goal is to support organizations that promote the interests and welfare of elderly and dependent adults in San Mateo County. To further these goals, the Estate Planning and Probate Section made three gifts of $3,000 each in December 2013: to the San Mateo County Law Library; to the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County; and to the Ombudsman Services of San Mateo County. The library, located across the street from the courthouse in Redwood City, contains estate planning, probate and conservatorship materials that may be used by both lawyers and the general public. The Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County’s Senior Advocates Program offers free legal advice and representation to San Mateo County residents over age 60, even scheduling in-home appointments to those in need. The Ombudsman Services of San Mateo County provides advocacy services to elders in long-term care facilities and investigates complaints on behalf of the residents.

INTERESTED IN SERVING ON THE SAN MATEO COUNTY GRAND JURY? APPLICATIONS ARE DUE MARCH 28. The Superior Court, County of San Mateo is accepting applications for service on the 2014-15 Civil Grand Jury until March 28. The next Grand Jury term commences July 1, 2014, and ends June 30, 2015.

The Civil Grand Jury performs a vital independent citizen watchdog function over county and city governments. It chooses its own investigation subjects and publishes reports that highlight findings and make recommendations for improvement. Notably, more than 600 recommendations made as a result of Civil Grand Jury investigation reports from 2010-2012 have been or were committed to be implemented.

Any resident of San Mateo County for more than one year who is a citizen of the United States, 18 years of age or older, of ordinary intelligence, sound judgment and good character, with sufficient knowledge of the English language, is qualified to serve. The Grand Jury Judge will interview qualified applicants, with the final selection determined by random draw. Elected public officials are not eligible. Rewards for Grand Jury service come from increased knowledge of local government and the judicial system, and the satisfaction of making a worthwhile contribution to the improvement of San Mateo County government operations. The Court strives to obtain a cross section of the county population to serve and encourages all interested individuals to apply. For more information and to download an application form visit, email or call (650) 261-5066.

The San Mateo County Association of Grand Jurors is hosting a series of public information sessions around San Mateo County. Former Grand Jurors will explain the grand jury process, time commitments and benefits of service, answer questions for potential applicants and connect interested citizens who want even more information with its network of volunteers. The schedule and locations are: 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11 Serramonte Main Library Community Room, 40 Wembley Drive, Daly City; 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13 Redwood Shores Branch Library — Room A 399 Marine Parkway, Redwood City; 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18 Foster City Community Center — Port Room 1000 E. Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City; 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20 City Council Chambers, 2415 University Ave. East Palo Alto; 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25 San Mateo County Health Dept. — Suite 100A 225 S. Cabrillo Hwy (Rt.1), Half Moon Bay; and Thurs. 2/27, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Veterans Memorial Recreation Center — Room 1 Crystal Springs Avenue at Oak Avenue, 251 City Park Way, San Bruno.

WOULD YOU LIKE A LAWYER TO SPEAK TO YOUR GROUP? The Speakers Bureau is a free service of the San Mateo County Bar Association. Participating attorneys go to businesses, civic organizations, service clubs, professional organizations and schools to do presentations about areas of law, the justice system and the courts and present programs that encourage questions and answers, while stimulating a lively discussion for any group. The attorneys are willing to speak about any matter of legal interest to any size group, are available during the day or evening, and can customize a presentation to meet your needs. For information visit

Susan E. Cohn is a member of the State Bar of California. She maybe reached at



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