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

  • MATTER OF MODESTO AND CONSUELO CARDENAS TRUST

    Feb 24, 2021 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Instructions

    Appearances required. Respondents must file a written objection before the hearing. The court has authority to require all objectors to file a written objection pursuant CRC, Rule 7.801, or else deem the failure to do so a waiver.

    The followi...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF ANTHONY LEON JUAREZ

    Feb 24, 2021 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Court Investigator’s Annual Review

    No appearances required.

    ...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF MARY ELLEN BARNARD

    Feb 24, 2021 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Conservatorship Compliance Hearing

    Appearances required. The Following must be submitted:

    Supplement. The Final Inventory and Appraisal noted that the Conservatee is the settlor and beneficiary of “the Barnard Family Trust dated January 21, 1981, as amended, created b...

  • ESTATE OF RICHARD ANTHONY LA MONICA

    Feb 24, 2021 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition to Determine Succession to Real Property

    No appearances required. Petition is recommended for approval.

    ...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF JUAN RAYAS

    Feb 24, 2021 |  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 February 23, 2022, at 8:30 a.m. in the court identified above.

    ...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF ANTHONY LEON JUAREZ

    Feb 24, 2021 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Court Investigator’s Annual Review

    No appearances required.

    ...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF JUAN RAYAS

    Feb 24, 2021 |  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 February 23, 2022, at 8:30 a.m. in the court identified above.

    ...

  • ESTATE OF MARITH JOYCE LEVERS

    Feb 24, 2021 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Probate and Letters Testamentary

    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 file...

  • ESTATE OF MARILYN LOUISE NOYES

    Feb 24, 2021 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Probate and Letters Testamentary

    No appearances required. Petition is recommended for approval.

    ...

  • MATTER OF RICHARD AND NETTIE GOODWIN TRUST

    Feb 24, 2021 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: CMC re: Petition for Internal Affairs

    Appearances required by all co-trustee/beneficiaries. A status report should be filed before the hearing.

    Parties must come prepared to discuss:

    1) The status of the ‘amended accounting’ promised by Respondent at the Septe...

  • ESTATE OF MARITH JOYCE LEVERS

    Feb 24, 2021 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Probate and Letters Testamentary

    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 file...

  • MATTER OF THE MILLS FAMILY TRUST

    Feb 24, 2021 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Internal Affairs

    Appearances required. A written objection was filed on September 23, 2020, placing this matter at issue and requiring evidentiary hearing to resolve. Parties must come prepared to narrow issues for trial and to discuss dates of availability for t...

  • MATTER OF MODESTO AND CONSUELO CARDENAS TRUST

    Feb 24, 2021 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Instructions

    Appearances required. Respondents must file a written objection before the hearing. The court has authority to require all objectors to file a written objection pursuant CRC, Rule 7.801, or else deem the failure to do so a waiver.

    The followi...

  • ESTATE OF ORPHA GRAY

    Feb 17, 2021 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Probate and Letters Testamentary

    The following must be submitted:

    1) Proof of re-Publication. Jurisdiction of the Probate Court is obtained by publication in accordance with Probate Code section 8121. (Prob. Code, § 8003(b).) The proof of publication show...

  • MATTER OF FABIAN AREVALO

    Feb 17, 2021 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Review re: Receipt & Acknowledgement

    Appearances required. The following is overdue and must be submitted:

    Receipt and Acknowledgment of Order for the Deposit of Money Into Blocked Account (MC-356).

    If the document above is submitted before the hearing, no app...

  • ESTATE OF WILLIAM HOFFELD

    Feb 17, 2021 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Final Distribution

    The following must be submitted:

    Final Inventory and Appraisal – The Inventory and Appraisal on file is marked “Partial no 1” and not “Final.” A final accounting cannot be performed without a “Final” Inventory and Appraisal. The Final I...

  • MATTER OF THE GERALDINE JO BENNETT, ET AL. TRUST

    Feb 17, 2021 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition to Enforce Child Support Money Judgment

    Appearances required. Respondent must file a written objection before the hearing. The court has authority to require all objectors to file a written objection pursuant CRC, Rule 7.801, or else deem the failure to do so a waive...

  • JUAN NAVAS ET AL V FRESH VENTURE FOODS LLC ET AL

    Feb 17, 2021 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Motion: Compel and Case Management Conference

    The court received the Notice of Errata and the Errata Declaration of Natalia Ramirez filed February 3, 2021. The motion hearing is continued to March 10, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. in order to consider it as part of the motion.

    ...

  • ESTATE OF WILLIAM HOFFELD

    Feb 17, 2021 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Final Distribution (UPDATED 2/14/2021)

    No appearances required. Petition is recommended for approval.

    ...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF CAROL ASTA

    Feb 17, 2021 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: 4th Accounting and Report of Conservator

    Appearances required.

    The court investigator’s report has been received and recommends that the conservatorship continue.

    However, court records show that an Accounting is due, but not on file. (See Prob. Code, § 2620.)...

  • GUARDIANSHIP OF AUBREY ALEXIS PAGALING

    Feb 17, 2021 |  Santa Barbara County

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

    Appearances required. The following must be submitted:

    1) UCCJEA Dec’l completed (Form GC-210) (Prob. Code, § 1510(f), Prob. Code, §1512) showing the current whereabouts of Aubrey Alexis Pagaling.

    2) Notice of Child...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF SPENCER MCCOY

    Feb 03, 2021 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Court Investigator’s 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 February 8, 2023, at 8:30 a.m. in the court identified above.

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF BEATRICE YBARRA

    Feb 03, 2021 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition to Appoint Temporary Conservator

    The Court Investigator reports the Conservatee has passed away. No appearances required. Matter is recommended for denial.

    ...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF RAYMOND J. LISCHKA

    Feb 03, 2021 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Court Investigator’s 6-Month Review (Estate)

    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 October 6, 2021, at 8:30 a.m. in the court identified ab...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. Timothy J. Staffel

  • MATTER OF MODESTO AND CONSUELO CARDENAS TRUST

    Feb 24, 2021 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Instructions

    Appearances required. Respondents must file a written objection before the hearing. The court has authority to require all objectors to file a written objection pursuant CRC, Rule 7.801, or else deem the failure to do so a waiver.

    The followi...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF ANTHONY LEON JUAREZ

    Feb 24, 2021 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Court Investigator’s Annual Review

    No appearances required.

    ...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF MARY ELLEN BARNARD

    Feb 24, 2021 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Conservatorship Compliance Hearing

    Appearances required. The Following must be submitted:

    Supplement. The Final Inventory and Appraisal noted that the Conservatee is the settlor and beneficiary of “the Barnard Family Trust dated January 21, 1981, as amended, created b...

  • ESTATE OF RICHARD ANTHONY LA MONICA

    Feb 24, 2021 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition to Determine Succession to Real Property

    No appearances required. Petition is recommended for approval.

    ...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF JUAN RAYAS

    Feb 24, 2021 |  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 February 23, 2022, at 8:30 a.m. in the court identified above.

    ...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF ANTHONY LEON JUAREZ

    Feb 24, 2021 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Court Investigator’s Annual Review

    No appearances required.

    ...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF JUAN RAYAS

    Feb 24, 2021 |  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 February 23, 2022, at 8:30 a.m. in the court identified above.

    ...

  • ESTATE OF MARITH JOYCE LEVERS

    Feb 24, 2021 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Probate and Letters Testamentary

    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 file...

  • ESTATE OF MARILYN LOUISE NOYES

    Feb 24, 2021 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Probate and Letters Testamentary

    No appearances required. Petition is recommended for approval.

    ...

  • MATTER OF RICHARD AND NETTIE GOODWIN TRUST

    Feb 24, 2021 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: CMC re: Petition for Internal Affairs

    Appearances required by all co-trustee/beneficiaries. A status report should be filed before the hearing.

    Parties must come prepared to discuss:

    1) The status of the ‘amended accounting’ promised by Respondent at the Septe...

  • ESTATE OF MARITH JOYCE LEVERS

    Feb 24, 2021 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Probate and Letters Testamentary

    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 file...

  • MATTER OF THE MILLS FAMILY TRUST

    Feb 24, 2021 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Internal Affairs

    Appearances required. A written objection was filed on September 23, 2020, placing this matter at issue and requiring evidentiary hearing to resolve. Parties must come prepared to narrow issues for trial and to discuss dates of availability for t...

  • MATTER OF MODESTO AND CONSUELO CARDENAS TRUST

    Feb 24, 2021 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Instructions

    Appearances required. Respondents must file a written objection before the hearing. The court has authority to require all objectors to file a written objection pursuant CRC, Rule 7.801, or else deem the failure to do so a waiver.

    The followi...

  • ESTATE OF ORPHA GRAY

    Feb 17, 2021 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Probate and Letters Testamentary

    The following must be submitted:

    1) Proof of re-Publication. Jurisdiction of the Probate Court is obtained by publication in accordance with Probate Code section 8121. (Prob. Code, § 8003(b).) The proof of publication show...

  • MATTER OF FABIAN AREVALO

    Feb 17, 2021 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Review re: Receipt & Acknowledgement

    Appearances required. The following is overdue and must be submitted:

    Receipt and Acknowledgment of Order for the Deposit of Money Into Blocked Account (MC-356).

    If the document above is submitted before the hearing, no app...

  • ESTATE OF WILLIAM HOFFELD

    Feb 17, 2021 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Final Distribution

    The following must be submitted:

    Final Inventory and Appraisal – The Inventory and Appraisal on file is marked “Partial no 1” and not “Final.” A final accounting cannot be performed without a “Final” Inventory and Appraisal. The Final I...

  • MATTER OF THE GERALDINE JO BENNETT, ET AL. TRUST

    Feb 17, 2021 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition to Enforce Child Support Money Judgment

    Appearances required. Respondent must file a written objection before the hearing. The court has authority to require all objectors to file a written objection pursuant CRC, Rule 7.801, or else deem the failure to do so a waive...

  • JUAN NAVAS ET AL V FRESH VENTURE FOODS LLC ET AL

    Feb 17, 2021 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Motion: Compel and Case Management Conference

    The court received the Notice of Errata and the Errata Declaration of Natalia Ramirez filed February 3, 2021. The motion hearing is continued to March 10, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. in order to consider it as part of the motion.

    ...

  • ESTATE OF WILLIAM HOFFELD

    Feb 17, 2021 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Final Distribution (UPDATED 2/14/2021)

    No appearances required. Petition is recommended for approval.

    ...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF CAROL ASTA

    Feb 17, 2021 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: 4th Accounting and Report of Conservator

    Appearances required.

    The court investigator’s report has been received and recommends that the conservatorship continue.

    However, court records show that an Accounting is due, but not on file. (See Prob. Code, § 2620.)...

  • GUARDIANSHIP OF AUBREY ALEXIS PAGALING

    Feb 17, 2021 |  Santa Barbara County

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

    Appearances required. The following must be submitted:

    1) UCCJEA Dec’l completed (Form GC-210) (Prob. Code, § 1510(f), Prob. Code, §1512) showing the current whereabouts of Aubrey Alexis Pagaling.

    2) Notice of Child...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF SPENCER MCCOY

    Feb 03, 2021 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Court Investigator’s 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 February 8, 2023, at 8:30 a.m. in the court identified above.

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF BEATRICE YBARRA

    Feb 03, 2021 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition to Appoint Temporary Conservator

    The Court Investigator reports the Conservatee has passed away. No appearances required. Matter is recommended for denial.

    ...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF RAYMOND J. LISCHKA

    Feb 03, 2021 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Court Investigator’s 6-Month Review (Estate)

    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 October 6, 2021, at 8:30 a.m. in the court identified ab...

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