probate court
probate court n: a court that has jurisdiction over the probate of wills and administration of estates and sometimes over the affairs of minors and persons adjudged incompetent compare orphans' court

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

probate court
n.
A court that handles wills, estates, and the appointment of guardians for orphaned children.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


probate court
A specialized court or division of a state trial court that considers cases concerning the distribution of deceased persons' property and the appointment of guardians for children or adults who need care and supervision. Called "surrogate's court" in New York and several other states, this court normally examines the authenticity of a will or, if a person dies without a will (intestate), figures out who inherits under state law. It then oversees a procedure to pay the deceased person's debts and to distribute the assets to the proper inheritors. (See also: probate)
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits
Category: Wills, Trusts & Estates → Estates, Executors & Probate Court

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


probate court
The court with authority to supervise estate administration.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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  • Probate court — A probate court (also called a surrogate court) is a specialized court that deals with matters of probate and the administration of estates. Probate courts administer proper distribution of the assets of a decedent (one who has died), adjudicates …   Wikipedia

  • probate court — noun a court having jurisdiction over the probate of wills and the administration of estates • Topics: ↑law, ↑jurisprudence • Hypernyms: ↑court, ↑tribunal, ↑judicature * * * noun 1 …   Useful english dictionary

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  • probate court — court which deals with wills of the deceased …   English contemporary dictionary

  • probate court — pro′bate court n. law a special court with power over administration of estates of deceased persons, the probate of wills, etc • Etymology: 1720–30 …   From formal English to slang

  • probate court — noun Date: 1786 a court that has jurisdiction chiefly over the probate of wills and administration of deceased persons estates …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • probate court — a special court with power over administration of estates of deceased persons, the probate of wills, etc. [1720 30, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • probate court — /ˈproʊbeɪt kɔt/ (say prohbayt kawt) noun a special court limited to the administration of estates of deceased persons, the probate of wills, etc …   Australian English dictionary

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