Probate court hears cases related to the personal and financial affairs of adults and children. The Probate Division hears cases concerning the appointment of personal representatives including guardianships for children and conservatorships for incapacitated adults; the distribution and handling of estates of people who have died; petitions regarding trust administration; review and accounting of guardians and conservators; disputes about wills, trusts, and powers of attorney; and other matters that may arise under the Probate code.
Wills for Safe Keeping
The Court Clerk’s office stores wills for safekeeping, as provided by law.
Probate of Estate
Forms may be provided at the Law Library. The filing fee is $204.14 plus publication if applicable.
These records are confidential. Only the attorneys of record, the guardian or the ward may review the file without a court order.
- Conservatorship $154.14
- Guardianship $204.14
- Relative Guardianship $67.00
Adoptions are confidential and require a court order to access, except for adoption records that have not been finalized which may be reviewed by the attorney for the petitioners. No information is given over the telephone. Once a final decree has been filed, records may not be accessed without a court order. The filing fee is $174.14.
All mental health records are confidential. A court order is required to access mental health records.