Probate Court

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.

We are working on measures to enable us to process Weapons Carry License applications before the current judicial emergency period expires, but have been urged to begin only when we can do so safely. Provided that necessary protective equipment is in place, we expect to begin processing new Weapons Carry License applications and applications for renewal of licenses issued by another county on June 1, 2020.  These will be processed in person by appointment only

ALL MARRIAGE LICENSE AND 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. ANYONE ARRIVING FOR A SCHEDULED APPOINTMENT WITH AN INCOMPLETE APPLICATION WILL HAVE TO RESCHEDULE FOR ANOTHER DATE.

Beginning on or about May 22, 2020, we will accept, and we encourage, renewal applications for licenses issued by the Probate Court of Athens-Clarke County by mail.  These applications may be witnessed by a notary public in the space reserved on the form for a clerk’s signature.  According to the Governor’s Executive Order effective May 8, 2020, if your license expired between February 13, 2020 and June 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. 

The fee for a new license is $71.00 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.  Fees should be paid by check or money order, not cash.

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.

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.