probate court


Definition of probate court

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

Examples of probate court in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In California, if the deceased has only a will and has more than $166,000 in assets (outside of certain asset classes), then you are required to go to probate court. WSJ, 16 Dec. 2021 Placing a house into a trust avoids probate court and saves on estate taxes. Tanisha A. Sykes, USA TODAY, 3 Dec. 2021 That bequest got tossed because a guardian is appointed by a probate court and the children had no control over who was appointed. Dallas News, 15 Aug. 2021 But in the probate court overseeing the adult Turpin children's cases, a blanket sealing order has been issued as well-- an unusual move enacted right after the children were rescued in order to protect them from the onslaught of media coverage. Josh Margolin, ABC News, 19 Nov. 2021 Another six judges are assigned to the court’s juvenile division, five sit on the domestic relations court bench and there are two probate court judges. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, 14 Nov. 2021 Will the conservatorship indeed cease when all the parties once again assemble – some virtually – in a Los Angeles probate court before the judge Friday? Editors, USA TODAY, 12 Nov. 2021 An initial probate court filing might be unnecessary if the deceased, before death, created a trust to hold the assets for the benefit of heirs. Michael A. Pollock, WSJ, 22 Oct. 2021 From vaccines to wills and probate court to preventative care, our panel of experts shared vital information with adults 55 and older. Kiersten Willis, ajc, 21 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of probate court

1726, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of probate court was in 1726

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1 Jan 2022

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“Probate court.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of probate court

: 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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