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

Commitment

Oversees the involuntary commitment of persons with mental illness, drug or alcohol addiction.

Estate

Handles the probate of wills and estates of deceased persons.

Marriage License

Responsible for the issuance of Marriage Licenses in Dorchester County.

Therapeutic

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