The County Probate Judge exercises jurisdiction over cases of informal probate as necessary to properly settle estates of deceased persons. The Probate Judge also may conduct marriage ceremonies.
Probate seeks to prove the existence of a valid will or determine who legal heirs are if no will exists. Probate’s function is to transfer a decedent’s property to heirs or beneficiaries. Probate is not necessary if the estate is $30,000 or less and there is no real property (land).
Another function of probate is to provide a mechanism for paying any outstanding debts, setting a deadline for creditors to file claims against the estate and distributing the remainder of the property to rightful heirs.
After a case has been reviewed, the Probate Judge may order the probate of a will and appointment of a personal representative or executor of the estate. The Probate Court tries to comply with requests for help and service.
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