About Probate Courts in Georgia

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Probate Courts in Georgia are courts of limited but exclusive jurisdiction over (a) the probate of wills and the administration of estates of deceased persons, (b) the appointment of guardians of the person and property of incapacitated adults, (c) the appointment of guardians of the property of minors, (d) the appointment, in certain circumstances, of guardians of the person of minors, and (e) the commitment for involuntary treatment of persons addicted to drugs or alcohol and/or suffering from mental illness. Probate Courts also issue certain licenses and permits and perform certain administrative duties. In many counties, the Probate Court exercises limited criminal jurisdiction (traffic cases, game and fish violations, etc.) Some Probate Judges also serve as the Elections Superintendent and/or Vital Records Custodian for their counties. In certain counties, the Probate Judge is also the Magistrate Court Judge.

The Probate Court of Cobb County is an “Article 6 Probate Court” [Title 15, Chapter 9, Article 6, Official Code of Georgia Annotated] and has an enhanced or expanded jurisdiction. Under Article 6, which applies in counties having a population of 96,000 or more, the Probate Judge must be a licensed attorney with experience and qualifications equal to those for serving in the Superior Courts of Georgia. Article 6 Probate Courts have certain concurrent jurisdiction with the Superior Courts and may conduct jury trials in issues properly before the court. Appeals from Article 6 Probate Courts are directly to the Court of Appeals or the Supreme Court, as appropriate.

Many of the procedures filed in the Probate Courts in Georgia are by use of the Georgia Probate Court Standard Forms. Not all proceedings have a standard form applicable to them. All Georgia Probate Court Standard Forms are available in each Probate Court. These forms are also available at, may be downloaded from, and may be compiled on the Georgia Probate Court On-Line System.

Information about metro Atlanta probate courts:

Probate Court of Cherokee County

Judge B. Keith Wood
90 North Street
Suite 340
Canton,  GA   30114
Phone: 678 -493- 6160
Fax:  678-493-6170
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Probate court of Cobb County

Kelli Wolk, Chief Judge
32 Waddell Street
Marietta, GA 30090
(770) 528-1900
(770) 528-1996 fax
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Clerk of Court (770) 528-1900
Estates Division (770) 528-1900
Firearms License ( 770) 528-1922
Marriage License (770) 528-1921

Probate Court of Fulton County

Judge Pinkie Toomer,
T2705 Justice Center Tower
185 Central Avenue, SW
Atlanta,  GA   30303
Phone:  404 -612- 4640
Fax:  404-730-7998

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