The Athens-Clarke County Probate Court, located in the Athens-Clarke County Courthouse at 325 East Washington Street in downtown Athens, is scheduled to have new carpet installed over the weekend of Oct. 24-25. The renovations will require the court to pack and move all items, including computers, from the office. This will impact the court's ability to process paperwork and serve the public as normal.
As a result, the Probate Court will not accept applications for marriage licenses and applications for weapons carry permits on Friday, October 23 and Monday, October 26. Public records including real estate and marriage records not currently on the case management system will also be unavailable during this time.
Filings for some operations such as petitions for guardianships or probating wills will remain available on these days, as they do not require immediate entry into the Probate Court computer system. Emergency mental health or other emergency actions will also be available if necessary.
For more information about the Probate Court's operations or responsibilities, contact 706-613-3320.
Responsibilities The Probate Court of Athens-Clarke County handles a variety of matters, including guardianships of minors and incapacitated adults, cases involving decedent’s estates, and mental health evaluations and/or treatment, as well as other miscellaneous types of cases such as birth certificate amendments, boundary line disputes, and certain cases concerning trusts. Additionally, applications for marriage and firearms licenses (such as weapons carry licenses) are processed in Probate Court.
The Probate Court also monitors the handling of funds by many fiduciaries, for example, conservators of the property of a minor or incapacitated adult and any estate administrators who have not been relieved by the heirs of accounting to the court. This court does not handle traffic cases or probation for criminal sentences. While we do issue marriage licenses, we generally do not perform marriage ceremonies. Marriage ceremonies can be arranged by contacting Magistrate Court at 706-613-3310 or Juvenile Court at 706-613-3300.