Mike Herwood is a California Probate Referee. California Probate Referees are Officers of the Court, charged with appraising all the non-cash assets of Probate Estates, Guardianship Estates, or Conservatorship Estates and Small Estate Petitions in our County. In addition he is a member of the Estate Planning Council of Diablo Valley, and an Associate Member of the Contra Costa Estate and Trust Section of the Bar. Probate code section 16247 specifically allows Probate Referees to provide values in trust matters which are necessary for purposes of distribution, sale of assets, tax filings or general trust valuations. Mike is now in his sixth, four year appointment as a Probate Referee. For over twenty years he has been specializing in Trust and Estate Appraisals.