New: Probate Estate Publication Fee Increase as of April 1, 2021 – For estates requiring a publication fee, the fee will be $40 starting on April 1, 2021. This fee will be charged through the electronic filing process.
The Circuit Court Probate Division has jurisdiction over a variety of issues including all matters related to wills, trusts and estates, guardianships and involuntary commitment proceedings, adoptions, name changes and partition of real estate. Probate Judges preside over these cases from courthouses located in each of the ten counties throughout the state.
In contested matters, the Circuit Court Probate Division has a well developed mediation program through which probate trained mediators can be assigned to assist in the settlement of disputes at no charge to the parties.
We know and understand that coming to court can be a confusing and intimidating experience. This website is designed to provide you with basic information about the Probate Division which we hope will make your experience with the court go as smoothly as possible. Through the use of this site you will find easy access to a myriad of forms used by the Probate Division.In addition to the website, there are two Service Centers staffed by trained coordinators who are available to provide assistance in opening a probate matter or to answer general questions which you might have about our courts.