The Probate Judge oversees marriage licenses, estates of deceased persons, guardianships, conservatorships, minor settlements under $25,000 and involuntary commitments to institutions for mentally ill and/or chemically dependent persons.

The Probate Judge also has exclusive jurisdiction over trusts and concurrent jurisdiction with Circuit Courts over powers of attorney.

Divisions of Probate Court


The Commitment Division oversees the involuntary commitment of persons with mental illness, drug or alcohol addiction.


The Estate Division handles the probate of wills and estates of deceased persons.

Marriage License

The Marriage License division is responsible for the issuance of all Marriage Licenses in Dorchester County.


The Therapeutic Division oversees the appointment of an individual (a guardian) to handle personal and custodial matters for an incapacitated person (ward).