Probate courts have limited but exclusive jurisdiction over:
- The probate of wills and the administration of estates of deceased persons
- The appointment of guardians of the person and property of incapacitated adults
- The appointment of guardians of the property of minors
- Appointment in certain circumstances of guardians of the person of minors
Probate Courts also issue certain licenses and permits and perform certain administrative duties. The Probate Judge also serves as the Vital Records Custodian for our county.
In addition, the Effingham County Probate Court provides the following services to our citizens: