Probate Court

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Due to the statewide judicial emergency, Probate Court is currently only handling emergencies and other urgent matters, such as some marriage license applications, in person.  All of these are by appointment only.

*** EFFECTIVE August 2, 2020 Weapons Carry License application fee will increase to $73.25 ***

Parties are encouraged to delay any matters that are not urgent until the judicial emergency period expires. If you do feel it is necessary to file a non-emergency action or motion, we ask that you submit those by mail. Please understand that due to a staggered work staff, we will be processing these petitions as we are able.

Process of Weapons Carry License applications:

New applications must make an appointment for application. The application must be complete to the point of signing before a Court Clerk or Notary Public.  We will verify that your ID shows that you are a Clarke County resident.  Application fee payment will be need to be separate payments of $73.25 payable to Probate Court and $5.00 payable to ACC Sheriff’s Office.  Please come at your appointment time.  DO NOT arrive early or late, this will result in a rescheduling of your appointment.  The appointments are to ensure social distancing in our office space.

*** If you are unable to comply with these instructions the results will be a reschedule of your appointment ***

Renewal applications must be mailed in.  Please have your signature notarized and include any supporting documentation with your application.  The fee for renewal is $30.00 payable to Probate Court and a separate fee of $5.00 payable to the ACC Sheriff’s Office.  

The exception to renewal mail in process is if you are a renewal from another county (where your originally received your license) if this is the case you will need to make an appointment.  

ALL  WEAPONS CARRY LICENSE APPLICATIONS MUST BE COMPLETED BEFORE YOU COME IN FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT. APPLICATIONS ARE ON OUR WEBSITE OR CAN BE MAILED TO YOU WHEN YOU MAKE YOUR APPOINTMENT. ANYONE ARRIVING FOR A SCHEDULED APPOINTMENT WITH AN INCOMPLETE APPLICATION WILL HAVE TO RESCHEDULE FOR ANOTHER DATE.

  According to the Governor’s Executive Order effective May 8, 2020, if your license expired between FEBRUARY 13, 2020 and AUGUST 12, 2020, you have 120 days (not the statutory 30 days) after the expiration date on the face of the license to apply for a renewal license. The renewal deadline for licenses expiring later will also be extended if the judicial emergency period is extended.  IF YOUR APPOINTMENT FOR RENEWAL FOR FROM ANOTHER COUNTY EXTENDS PAST THE 120 DAYS THE JUDGE WILL HONOR THAT WE WERE NOT ABLE TO SECURE AN APPOINTMENT WITHIN THAT TIME AND WILL STILL RENEW (WITH NOTE OF EXPIRATION DATE AND EXPLANATION).

****The fee for a new license is $73.25 to Probate Court and a separate payment of $5.00 to the Sheriff’s Office for fingerprinting. The fee for a renewal license is $30.00 and separate $5.00 Sheriff’s Office fingerprinting fee.  Fees should be paid by check or money order, not cash.***

During business hours we will continue to answer routine questions by phone.

If you are calling about a mental health crisis, contact the Georgia Crisis and Access Line at 1-800- 715-4225.

For questions regarding filing emergency pleadings please dial extension 6325.

If you have a pressing need to apply for a marriage license, dial extension 6321.

Thank you for your patience during this trying time.

Responsibilities

The Probate Court of Athens-Clarke County handles a variety of matters, including guardianships of minors and incapacitated adults, cases involving decedent’s estates, and mental health evaluations and/or treatment, as well as other miscellaneous types of cases such as birth certificate amendments, boundary line disputes, and certain cases concerning trusts. Additionally, applications for marriage and weapons carry licenses are processed in Probate Court. We DO NOT ACCEPT and process marriage and weapons carry license applications after 4:00 pm. Acceptable payment is cash or check ONLY.

The Probate Court also monitors the handling of funds by many fiduciaries, for example, conservators of the property of a minor or incapacitated adult and any estate administrators who have not been relieved by the heirs of accounting to the court. This court does not handle traffic cases or probation for criminal sentences. While we do issue marriage licenses, we generally do not perform marriage ceremonies. Marriage ceremonies can be arranged by contacting Magistrate Court at 706-613-3310 or Municipal Court at 706-613-3690.