Probate Court

  1. Athens-Clarke County Courts Scale Back Court Operations until April 13

    In order to help minimize exposure and contacts, the courts in Athens-Clarke County and the Western Judicial Circuit will scale back court-related operations through April 13. Read on...
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Due to the statewide judicial emergency, effective immediately Probate Court is only handling emergencies and other urgent matters.  These will be addressed by appointment only.  During business hours we will continue to answer routine questions by phone.

If you are calling about a mental health crisis, contact the Georgia Crisis and Access Line at 1-800- 715-4225.

For questions regarding filing emergency pleadings please dial extension 6325.

If you have a pressing need to apply for a marriage license, dial extension 6321.

Probate Courts in the state of Georgia will temporarily suspend acceptance of applications for Weapons Carry Licenses and Renewal Licenses pursuant to an Order of the Supreme Court of Georgia declaring a Judicial Emergency. If your license expires during the emergency period, it will remain valid during the judicial emergency, which expires April 13, 2020 under the Chief Justice’s current order.  If the judicial emergency order is extended, we will post the new date the emergency period ends. 

If you are due to renew during the Emergency period, your license will not expire. Chief Justice Melton’s Order essentially pushes "PAUSE" on all deadlines created by law or rule.  Therefore, you will still be able to renew after the Emergency ends.  Presently, that date is April 14, 2020.  If that date is extended, further order will issue.

To give you a concrete example of how this will work, simply add 30 days to whatever your expiration or renewal deadline is.  A license set to expire March 18, 2020, will expire April 17, 2020.  The renewal deadline will extend to May 17, 2020.

When possible, parties are encouraged to delay any matters that are not urgent.  If you do feel it is necessary to file a non-emergency action or motion, we ask that you submit those by mail. Please understand that due to a staggered work staff, we will be processing those petitions as we are able.

Thank you for your patience during this trying time.

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 weapons carry licenses are processed in Probate Court. We DO NOT ACCEPT and process marriage and weapons carry license applications after 4:00 pm. Acceptable payment is cash or check ONLY.

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 Municipal Court at 706-613-3690.