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I am sorry to learn about your brother's situation.
Understand the way California's psychiatric involuntary hold works (the "Lanternman Pierce Short Act"), there are three primary statutes, and the holds are referenced by the statute numbers.
You can find the "CA Handbook for challenging LPS Conservators" here: http://www.disabilityrightsca.org/pubs/511001.pdf
If you believe that your brother's rights in this process are being violated for some specific reason, contact a probate attorney with experience in "LPS" matters. You can also try local trusts and estates attorney, a criminal defense attorney, or a civil litigation attorney.
It is primarily up to what his psychiatric evaluation determines.
You can retain a lawyer if you like (again a probate attorney with LPS experience is your very best option), but there is not a lot that can be done at that early stage.
However, if the physician does decide to place him on a 10 day, I would recommend retaining that attorney for him at that time - it gives the lawyer additional time to prepare in advance of any hearing or trial in the event the county determines they want to attempt a conservatorship.
Yes, that is what I would recommend - there is not a lot to do at this point, but if they do decide to pursue a more aggressive conservatorship for some reason (I don't have any information about your brother's case, but I do not know why they would for a single instance of possible suicidal ideations), then yes, having additional time to prepare is worthwhile.
Your brother had the disadvantage of being conserved over a holiday weekend, this unfortunately makes it more likely that releases are being delayed simply due to lack of personnel rather than actual necessity for the hold.