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Probate Court Jurisdiction
Probate Courts have jurisdiction over a wide variety of matters including:

Trusts and Estates

  • probating wills and the administration of estates;
  • overseeing testamentary and living trusts;
  • determining title to real and personal property; and
  • construing the meaning of wills and trusts.            

Guardians, Conservators and Civil Commitment
  • appointing guardians for persons with intellectual disability;
  • approving sterilizations and placements of persons with intellectual disability;
  • appointing a guardian of the estate or person for a child;
  • appointing conservators of the person for persons found to be incapable of caring for themselves or, in certain cases, for persons with psychiatric disabilities;
  • appointing conservators of the estate for persons who are incapable of managing their own affairs;
  • committing persons with severe psychiatric disabilities to an appropriate facility; and
  • restoring the rights of individuals who have been prohibited from owning firearms due to mental health adjudications.


  • removing unfit parents as guardians of their children;
  • hearing the claims of paternity of unwed fathers;
  • terminating the parental rights of parents who cannot fulfill their parental responsibilities; and
  • granting adoptions.


  • granting name changes;
  • approving or disapproving the marriage of persons under the age of 16 years or under the age of 18 where no parent or guardian of the minor child is a U.S. resident; and
  • assisting persons in obtaining passports.


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