PROBATE CODE
SECTION 2200-2205




2200.  The superior court has jurisdiction of guardianship and
conservatorship proceedings.



2201.  The proper county for the commencement of a guardianship or
conservatorship proceeding for a resident of this state is either of
the following:
   (a) The county in which the proposed ward or proposed conservatee
resides.
   (b) Such other county as may be in the best interests of the
proposed ward or proposed conservatee.



2202.  (a) The proper county for the commencement of a proceeding
for the guardianship or conservatorship of the person of a
nonresident of this state is either of the following:
   (1) The county in which the proposed ward or conservatee is
temporarily living.
   (2) Such other county as may be in the best interests of the
proposed ward or proposed conservatee.
   (b) The proper county for the commencement of a proceeding for the
guardianship or conservatorship of the estate for a nonresident of
this state is any of the following:
   (1) The county in which the proposed ward or proposed conservatee
is temporarily living.
   (2) Any county in which the proposed ward or proposed conservatee
has property.
   (3) Such other county as may be in the best interests of the
proposed ward or proposed conservatee.



2203.  (a) If proceedings for the guardianship or conservatorship of
the estate are commenced in more than one county, the guardianship
or conservatorship of the estate first granted, including a temporary
guardianship or conservatorship of the estate, governs and extends
to all the property of the ward or conservatee within this state and
the other proceeding shall be dismissed.
   (b) If proceedings for the guardianship or conservatorship of the
person are commenced in more than one county, the guardianship or
conservatorship of the person first granted, including a temporary
guardianship or conservatorship of the person, governs and the other
proceeding shall be dismissed.
   (c) If a proceeding for the guardianship or conservatorship of the
person is commenced in one county and a proceeding for the
guardianship or conservatorship of the estate is commenced in a
different county, the court first granting the guardianship or
conservatorship, whether of the person or of the estate, may find
that it is in the best interests of the ward or conservatee that the
guardianship or conservatorship of both the person and the estate be
maintained in that county or in such other county as the court shall
determine. Thereupon, the guardianship or conservatorship proceeding
in the court of the county found by the court to be in the best
interests of the ward or conservatee shall govern and shall extend to
all property of the ward or conservatee within this state, and the
other proceeding shall be dismissed.



2204.  (a) If a proceeding for the guardianship of the person of the
minor is filed in one county and a custody or visitation proceeding
has already been filed in one or more other counties, the following
shall apply:
   (1) If the guardianship proceeding is filed in a county where the
proposed ward and the proposed guardian have resided for six or more
consecutive months immediately prior to the commencement of the
proceeding, or, in the case of a minor less than six months of age,
since the minor's birth, the court in that county is the proper court
to hear and determine the guardianship proceeding, unless that court
determines that the best interests of the minor require that the
proceeding be transferred to one of the other courts. A period of
temporary absence no longer than 30 days from the county of the minor
or the proposed guardian shall not be considered an interruption of
the six-month period.
   (2) If the guardianship proceeding is filed in a county where the
proposed ward and the proposed guardian have resided for less than
six consecutive months immediately prior to the commencement of the
proceeding, or, in the case of a minor less than six months of age, a
period less than the minor's life, the court shall transfer the case
to one of the other courts, unless the court determines that the
best interests of the minor require that the guardianship proceeding
be maintained in the court where it was filed.
   (3) If a petitioner or respondent in a custody or visitation
proceeding who is an authorized petitioner under Section 2212
petitions the court where the guardianship proceeding is filed for
transfer of the guardianship proceeding to the court where the
custody or visitation proceeding is on file at any time before the
appointment of a guardian, including a temporary guardian, the
provisions of this subdivision shall apply to the court's
determination of the petition for transfer. Except as provided in
this paragraph, the petition for transfer shall be determined as
provided in Sections 2212 to 2217, inclusive.
   (b) The following shall apply concerning communications between
the courts:
   (1) The court where the guardianship proceeding is commenced shall
communicate concerning the proceedings with each court where a
custody or visitation proceeding is on file prior to making a
determination authorized in subdivision (a), including a
determination of a petition to transfer.
   (2) If a petitioner or respondent, who is authorized to petition
to transfer under Section 2212, petitions the court where the
guardianship proceeding is filed for transfer of the guardianship
after the appointment of a guardian, including a temporary guardian,
the court in the guardianship proceeding may communicate with each
court where a custody or visitation proceeding is on file before
determining the petition for transfer.
   (3) If the court in the guardianship proceeding appoints a
guardian of the person of the minor, including a temporary guardian,
the court shall transmit a copy of the order appointing a guardian to
each court where a custody or visitation proceeding is on file, and
each of those courts shall file the order in the case file for its
custody or visitation proceeding.
   (4) The provisions of subdivisions (b) to (e), inclusive, of
Section 3410 of the Family Code shall apply to communications between
courts under this subdivision.
   (5) The Judicial Council shall, on or before January 1, 2013,
adopt rules of court to implement the provisions of this subdivision.
   (c) For purposes of this section, "custody or visitation
proceeding" means a proceeding described in Section 3021 of the
Family Code that relates to the rights to custody or visitation of
the minor under Part 2 (commencing with Section 3020) of Division 8
of the Family Code.


2205.  (a) Except as provided in Section 304 of the Welfare and
Institutions Code, and subject to the provisions specified in
subdivision (b), upon the filing of an order appointing a guardian of
the person of a minor in a guardianship proceeding, including an
order appointing a temporary guardian of the person of the minor, the
court in the guardianship proceeding shall have exclusive
jurisdiction to determine all issues of custody or visitation of the
minor until the guardianship proceeding is terminated.
   (b) This section is subject to the provisions of Sections 1510 of
this code, and 8714, 8714.5, and 8802 of the Family Code, relating to
consolidation of guardianship and adoption proceedings and the court
where the consolidated case is to be heard and decided.