Council of Probate Court Judges of Georgia

Council Profile

The Council supports, informs, and speaks for Georgia's probate court judges. This is a complex goal, since Georgia's probate courts have varying responsibilities. All of our courts administer wills and estates, appoint and oversee guardians and conservators, and issue marriage and weapons carry licenses. In addition, some of our courts adjudicate traffic offenses and some hear misdemeanor cases. Others handle vital records. Some of our judges serve as their county's Supervisor of Elections. While each probate court is fairly unique, we are a family of courts working diligently to serve our citizens.

On behalf of our many outstanding judges, I invite you to become familiar with our Council, this website and the information it provides.

Kind regards,

Judge Thomas Lakes - Harris County Probate Court
President, Council of Probate Court Judges

Council Contact

Kevin D. Holder
Executive Director
Council of Probate Court Judges of Georgia
Suite 300
244 Washington Street, SW
Atlanta, GA 30334-5900

More Information

The Georgia Probate Court Standard Forms and General Instructions have been updated by the Council of Probate Court Judges to reflect recent changes to Georgia law under HB 865/AP (2020). Accordingly, the Council recommends the use of the updated forms listed here starting January 1, 2021. Please note that each updated form will remain “unofficial” until it is officially approved by the Supreme Court of Georgia. Updated forms will be posted at and under "Standard Forms" below upon such approval.

Please note: The Council cannot give legal advice or guidance. If you have questions about a specific court proceeding, please contact the court where it is pending. Should you need legal advice, please contact an attorney or:

Georgia Legal Aid (find an attorney by county)
Georgia Legal Services Program
1-800-498-9469 (information and forms)

Quick Links

Behind The Bench

Uniform Rules

Marriage Licenses

Weapons Carry Licenses

Standard Forms

Handbook Order Form


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