What is a Probate Court?

In many states, the probate court serves several functions. The most common is administration of the estates of persons who die, called a probate proceeding. However, the probate court also handles guardianships and conservatorships. Thus, the same court may decide to appoint a conservator for an incapacitated person, and then may administer that person's estate several years later, after death.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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