The Athens-Clarke County Probate Court handles a range of legal matters, including guardianships, estate cases, and trusts. Learn more here from a Georgia estate planning lawyer.
Clarke County Probate Court: General Information
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The Court of Probate of Athens-Clarke County, Georgia, deals with guardianships of minors and incapacitated adults, cases including decedent’s estates, and mental health assessments and/or treatment, along with other various kinds of cases such as birth certificate changes, boundary line conflicts, and specific cases regarding trusts. Applications for marriage and weapons carry licenses are also processed in this court.
The Athens-Clarke County Probate Court likewise keeps an eye on the handling of funds by many fiduciaries; for instance, conservators of the property of a minor or incapacitated adult and any estate administrators who haven’t been relieved by the beneficiaries of accounting to the court. This court does not deal with traffic cases or probation for criminal sentences.
The Probate Court of Athens-Clarke County’s physical address is 325 East Washington Street, Suite 215, Athens, GA 30601. It’s on the second floor of the Clarke County Courthouse, and it has two entrances available for public use. Court offices are open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM, except for federal and county holidays. You can contact the court by phone (706-613-3320), and the court’s fax number is 706-613-3323.
If you need legal assistance with this court, contact The Law Office of Paul Black. We can handle any probate issue, and we’re dedicated to serving as your trusted legal advocate at all stages of the process.
Clarke County Probate Court Athens GA and Types of Guardianships
The Athens-Clarke County Probate Court also deals with guardianships of individuals who aren’t able to care for themselves and conservatorships of the property of those who aren’t able to manage their own affairs.
The Probate Court of Clarke County also handles minor guardianship cases in the following types of cases:
- Temporary guardianship when a child is younger than 18 if one or both parents are still alive
- Guardianship of an individual until the minor reaches 18 if their parents are deceased
- Conservatorship of the property of a minor until he or she reaches 18 in case the property is valued at $15,000 or more and the minor will receive it through inheritance or life insurance benefits
- Filing notice of a standby guardianship created by the advance directive of a parent
Appointing a guardian of the person or conservatorship of property of a minor child or an incapacitated adult can be among the most sensitive and difficult proceedings handled in the Probate Court of Athens-Clarke County.
It is expected that legal counselors prepare accordingly, as well as to be familiar with the Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct regarding that practice area. An attorney with the right experience like Paul Black can provide crucial advice regarding any guardianship or conservatorship needs. Schedule a free initial 15-minute phone call at 404-410-6820.