probate court


Definition of probate court

: a court that has jurisdiction chiefly over the probate of wills and administration of deceased persons' estates

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Recent Examples on the Web In certain states, including California, people without wills or asset trusts often end up in probate court. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego’s Trust & Will corrals $15 million to expand digital estate planning software," 17 Nov. 2020 This includes a deed, land contract, probate court order or divorce judgment. Nushrat Rahman, Detroit Free Press, "Program to keep Detroiters in their homes nearing deadline. Here's how to apply.," 13 Nov. 2020 That process is filed with the county probate court judge, who can remove a person from office. Sharon Coolidge, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati City Council arrest: What's the political fallout?," 10 Nov. 2020 Chris Timmons showed up an hour before the doors to the Mobile County probate court offices opened today for in-person absentee voting. al, "Absentee voting continues to surge in Alabama," 24 Oct. 2020 The order is dated Monday and signed by a probate court judge in Oakland County. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Guardianship company to end operations as part of settlement in controversial Macomb case," 18 Sep. 2020 In February, the family started the process to claim the money in Kenton County probate court, according to court documents. Julia Fair, The Enquirer, "Nick Sandmann's settlement with CNN was almost public. A birthday and a pandemic changed that.," 25 Aug. 2020 You have not been declared incompetent for voting purposes by a probate court. Jessie Balmert, The Enquirer, "Ohio election guide: How can I request an absentee ballot? When is the deadline to register?," 26 Aug. 2020 Though much of Spears’s arrangement is kept private in a Los Angeles probate court because of her fame, filings have cited an undisclosed mental illness and substance abuse as the reasons for the decade-long conservatorship, per The New York Times. Claire Gillespie,, "Why Does Britney Spears Need a Conservatorship—And What Does it Mean to Have One?," 20 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of probate court

1726, in the meaning defined above

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25 Nov 2020

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“Probate court.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of probate court

US, law : a court that proves wills are valid

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Legal Definition of probate court

: a court that has jurisdiction over the probate of wills and administration of estates and sometimes over the affairs of minors and persons adjudged incompetent — compare orphans' court

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