The Honorable Timothy J. Staffel

Santa Barbara County Superior Court, Department SM1

Biography

The Hon. Timothy J. Staffel is a judge for the Santa Barbara County Superior Court in California. He was appointed to the bench by former Governor Pete Wilson in 1998.

Judge Staffel graduated with his B.A. in political science and journalism from San Diego State University in 1978. After college, Staffel worked as a journalist before ultimately pursuing his law degree. He would go on to earn his J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1985.

After law school, Staffel worked as an associate at the law firm Borton, Petrini, and Conron LLP for one year before practicing as a named partner at Moomau and Staffel in 1987. He remained in that capacity until his appointment to the Superior Court in 1998. During his time in private practice, Staffel specialized in civil litigation.

Staffel also served as an elected member of the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors from 1992 to 1998 and a member of the California Coastal Commission from 1994 to 1998.

Judge Staffel grew up in the Lompoc Valley.

Recent Rulings by Hon. Timothy J. Staffel

  • ESTATE OF LESLIE LLOYD BURNETT

    Nov 18, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition to Approve Interim Account and Grant Full IAEA Authority

    Appearances required.

    The following must be submitted:

    1) Proof of Service of Notice of Hearing (Form DE-120). Notice must be given 15 days prior to hearing, served on all known heirs and devise...

  • ESTATE OF DALE THOMAS FARLEY

    Nov 18, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Final Distribution

    The following must be submitted:

    Proposed Order. A proposed order must be submitted with relief that matches that requested in the petition. (Local Rule 1724(b), subd.(d).) Order must list every beneficiary and detail the shares to each...

  • ESTATE OF SHELBY LEWIS

    Nov 18, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Letters of Administration

    The following must be submitted:

    1) Proof of Publication. Jurisdiction of the Probate Court is obtained by publication in accordance with Probate Code section 8121. (Prob. Code, § 8003(b).) No proof of publication was filed.

    ...

  • MATTER OF: NEIL VAUGHN

    Nov 18, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Approval of Transfer of Right to Structured Settlement

    It appears that RSL Funding LLC intends to distribute $4,000 of the $18,850 assignment price immediately upon receipt of the Final Order, but delay the payment of the remaining $14,850.00 to May 20, 2040, wh...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF JONATHAN JESUS RAMIREZ-MICHEL

    Nov 18, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Court Investigator’s First Annual Review

    The court investigator’s report has been received and recommends that the conservatorship continue. No appearance is required.

    The next review hearing will be held on November 16, 2022, at 8:30 a.m. in the court identified abov...

  • ESTATE OF JEAN PIERRE ETHIER

    Nov 18, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Hearing re: Ex Parte Petition for Final Discharge

    Appearances required.

    ...

  • ESTATE OF LESLIE LLOYD BURNETT

    Nov 18, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition to Approve Interim Account and Grant Full IAEA Authority (UPDATED 11/17/2020)

    Appearances required.

    The following is noted for the Court by the Court’s Probate Research Attorney:

    1) Proof of Service of Notice of Hearing (Form DE-120). Notice must be g...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF JADE SABRINA KINSMAN

    Nov 18, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Court Investigator’s First Biennial Review

    The court investigator’s report has been received and recommends that the conservatorship continue. No appearance is required.

    The next review hearing will be held on November 16, 2022, at 8:30 a.m. in the court identified ab...

  • MATTER OF MARY JEAN BEARD LIVING TRUST

    Nov 18, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Internal Affairs, etc.

    Appearances required.

    Parties must come prepared to set an evidentiary hearing and report on the status of settlement discussions related to an accounting.

    ...

  • ESTATE OF JEAN PIERRE ETHIER

    Nov 18, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Hearing re: Ex Parte Petition for Final Discharge

    Appearances required.

    ...

  • ESTATE OF FRANCISCO G. GARCIA

    Nov 18, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Letters of Administration

    Appearances required.

    The following must be submitted:

    Declaration of Due Diligence. Petition admits Decedent was, or at least may have been, survived by a parent (Father). Petitioner must submit a declaration of due dili...

  • GUARDIANSHIP OF KATELYNN E. MONTES

    Nov 18, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition to Appoint Temp. Guardian of Person

    Appearances required.

    ...

  • GUARDIANSHIP OF CHRISTIAN F. CARPENTER, ET AL.

    Nov 18, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Review Hearing (Accounting)

    Appearances required. Parties must come prepared to discuss surcharge of Guardian for amount over budget during the accounting period.

    ...

  • ESTATE OF SHELBY LEWIS

    Nov 18, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Letters of Administration

    The following must be submitted:

    1) Proof of Publication. Jurisdiction of the Probate Court is obtained by publication in accordance with Probate Code section 8121. (Prob. Code, § 8003(b).) No proof of publication was filed.

    ...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF JONATHAN DAVID ARDEN

    Nov 18, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Court Investigator’s Annual Review

    No appearance is required.

    The Court vacated the heairng for November 18, 2020, and set the next review hearing for November 17, 2021, at 8:30 a.m. in the court identified above.

    ...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF JASMINE CUIN

    Nov 18, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Court Investigator’s Annual Review

    The court investigator’s report has been received and recommends that the conservatorship continue. No appearance is required.

    The next review hearing will be held on November 17, 2021, at 8:30 a.m. in the court identified above.

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF JADE SABRINA KINSMAN

    Nov 18, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Court Investigator’s First Biennial Review

    The court investigator’s report has been received and recommends that the conservatorship continue. No appearance is required.

    The next review hearing will be held on November 16, 2022, at 8:30 a.m. in the court identified ab...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF BERYL JEAN THORLAKSON

    Nov 18, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Second and Final Accounting and Report

    No appearances required.

    It is recommended the Court approve the Petition and discharge the conservator.

    ...

  • GUARDIANSHIP OF JAIDA RENE SOLIS ET AL

    Nov 18, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Review: Visitation

    Appearances required.

    ...

  • ARC VINEYARDS LLC V JAMES SANDER

    Nov 18, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Motion: Summary Adjudication

    The moving party is ordered to file a status report on or before November 10, 2020, addressing whether the case has resolved and whether parties anticipate a hearing on the merits of the motion for summary judgment. If a hearing on the merits is ...

  • GUARDIANSHIP OF KATELYNN E. MONTES

    Nov 18, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition to Appoint Temp. Guardian of Person

    Appearances required.

    ...

  • ESTATE OF LESLIE LLOYD BURNETT

    Nov 18, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition to Approve Interim Account and Grant Full IAEA Authority

    Appearances required.

    The following is noted for the Court by the Court’s Probate Research Attorney:

    1) Proof of Service of Notice of Hearing (Form DE-120). Notice must be given 15 days prior to...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF BERYL JEAN THORLAKSON

    Nov 18, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Second and Final Accounting and Report

    No appearances required.

    It is recommended the Court approve the Petition and discharge the conservator.

    ...

  • ESTATE OF DALE THOMAS FARLEY

    Nov 18, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Final Distribution

    Appearances required. Petitioner must come prepared to discuss why a guardianship should not be established for Braden D. P. Farley in order to distribute the funds into a blocked account for him.

    ...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. Timothy J. Staffel

  • ESTATE OF LESLIE LLOYD BURNETT

    Nov 18, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition to Approve Interim Account and Grant Full IAEA Authority

    Appearances required.

    The following must be submitted:

    1) Proof of Service of Notice of Hearing (Form DE-120). Notice must be given 15 days prior to hearing, served on all known heirs and devise...

  • ESTATE OF DALE THOMAS FARLEY

    Nov 18, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Final Distribution

    The following must be submitted:

    Proposed Order. A proposed order must be submitted with relief that matches that requested in the petition. (Local Rule 1724(b), subd.(d).) Order must list every beneficiary and detail the shares to each...

  • ESTATE OF SHELBY LEWIS

    Nov 18, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Letters of Administration

    The following must be submitted:

    1) Proof of Publication. Jurisdiction of the Probate Court is obtained by publication in accordance with Probate Code section 8121. (Prob. Code, § 8003(b).) No proof of publication was filed.

    ...

  • MATTER OF: NEIL VAUGHN

    Nov 18, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Approval of Transfer of Right to Structured Settlement

    It appears that RSL Funding LLC intends to distribute $4,000 of the $18,850 assignment price immediately upon receipt of the Final Order, but delay the payment of the remaining $14,850.00 to May 20, 2040, wh...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF JONATHAN JESUS RAMIREZ-MICHEL

    Nov 18, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Court Investigator’s First Annual Review

    The court investigator’s report has been received and recommends that the conservatorship continue. No appearance is required.

    The next review hearing will be held on November 16, 2022, at 8:30 a.m. in the court identified abov...

  • ESTATE OF JEAN PIERRE ETHIER

    Nov 18, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Hearing re: Ex Parte Petition for Final Discharge

    Appearances required.

    ...

  • ESTATE OF LESLIE LLOYD BURNETT

    Nov 18, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition to Approve Interim Account and Grant Full IAEA Authority (UPDATED 11/17/2020)

    Appearances required.

    The following is noted for the Court by the Court’s Probate Research Attorney:

    1) Proof of Service of Notice of Hearing (Form DE-120). Notice must be g...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF JADE SABRINA KINSMAN

    Nov 18, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Court Investigator’s First Biennial Review

    The court investigator’s report has been received and recommends that the conservatorship continue. No appearance is required.

    The next review hearing will be held on November 16, 2022, at 8:30 a.m. in the court identified ab...

  • MATTER OF MARY JEAN BEARD LIVING TRUST

    Nov 18, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Internal Affairs, etc.

    Appearances required.

    Parties must come prepared to set an evidentiary hearing and report on the status of settlement discussions related to an accounting.

    ...

  • ESTATE OF JEAN PIERRE ETHIER

    Nov 18, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Hearing re: Ex Parte Petition for Final Discharge

    Appearances required.

    ...

  • ESTATE OF FRANCISCO G. GARCIA

    Nov 18, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Letters of Administration

    Appearances required.

    The following must be submitted:

    Declaration of Due Diligence. Petition admits Decedent was, or at least may have been, survived by a parent (Father). Petitioner must submit a declaration of due dili...

  • GUARDIANSHIP OF KATELYNN E. MONTES

    Nov 18, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition to Appoint Temp. Guardian of Person

    Appearances required.

    ...

  • GUARDIANSHIP OF CHRISTIAN F. CARPENTER, ET AL.

    Nov 18, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Review Hearing (Accounting)

    Appearances required. Parties must come prepared to discuss surcharge of Guardian for amount over budget during the accounting period.

    ...

  • ESTATE OF SHELBY LEWIS

    Nov 18, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Letters of Administration

    The following must be submitted:

    1) Proof of Publication. Jurisdiction of the Probate Court is obtained by publication in accordance with Probate Code section 8121. (Prob. Code, § 8003(b).) No proof of publication was filed.

    ...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF JONATHAN DAVID ARDEN

    Nov 18, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Court Investigator’s Annual Review

    No appearance is required.

    The Court vacated the heairng for November 18, 2020, and set the next review hearing for November 17, 2021, at 8:30 a.m. in the court identified above.

    ...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF JASMINE CUIN

    Nov 18, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Court Investigator’s Annual Review

    The court investigator’s report has been received and recommends that the conservatorship continue. No appearance is required.

    The next review hearing will be held on November 17, 2021, at 8:30 a.m. in the court identified above.

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF JADE SABRINA KINSMAN

    Nov 18, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Court Investigator’s First Biennial Review

    The court investigator’s report has been received and recommends that the conservatorship continue. No appearance is required.

    The next review hearing will be held on November 16, 2022, at 8:30 a.m. in the court identified ab...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF BERYL JEAN THORLAKSON

    Nov 18, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Second and Final Accounting and Report

    No appearances required.

    It is recommended the Court approve the Petition and discharge the conservator.

    ...

  • GUARDIANSHIP OF JAIDA RENE SOLIS ET AL

    Nov 18, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Review: Visitation

    Appearances required.

    ...

  • ARC VINEYARDS LLC V JAMES SANDER

    Nov 18, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Motion: Summary Adjudication

    The moving party is ordered to file a status report on or before November 10, 2020, addressing whether the case has resolved and whether parties anticipate a hearing on the merits of the motion for summary judgment. If a hearing on the merits is ...

  • GUARDIANSHIP OF KATELYNN E. MONTES

    Nov 18, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition to Appoint Temp. Guardian of Person

    Appearances required.

    ...

  • ESTATE OF LESLIE LLOYD BURNETT

    Nov 18, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition to Approve Interim Account and Grant Full IAEA Authority

    Appearances required.

    The following is noted for the Court by the Court’s Probate Research Attorney:

    1) Proof of Service of Notice of Hearing (Form DE-120). Notice must be given 15 days prior to...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF BERYL JEAN THORLAKSON

    Nov 18, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Second and Final Accounting and Report

    No appearances required.

    It is recommended the Court approve the Petition and discharge the conservator.

    ...

  • ESTATE OF DALE THOMAS FARLEY

    Nov 18, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Final Distribution

    Appearances required. Petitioner must come prepared to discuss why a guardianship should not be established for Braden D. P. Farley in order to distribute the funds into a blocked account for him.

    ...

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