65 Courthouse St., Suite 8
Blairsville, GA 30512
Monday - Friday
Dwain Brackett, Probate Judge (Serving since 1997)
Kristin Stanley, Associate Probate Judge/Chief Clerk
Charla Dyer, Deputy Clerk
Wanda Turrill, Deputy Clerk
Phone: (706) 439-6006
Fax: (706) 439-6009
Georgia Probate Courts exercise exclusive, original jurisdiction in the probate of wills, administration of estates, appointment of guardians (minor and adult) and involuntary hospitalization of incapacitated adults and other individuals.
All probate court judges administer oaths of office, issue marriage and firearms licenses; some process United States Passports applications. They may hold habeas corpus hearings or preside over criminal preliminary hearings. Unless a jury trial is requested, probate court judges may also hear certain misdemeanors, traffic cases and violations of state game and fish laws in counties where there is no state court. When authorized by local statute, probate judges serve as election supervisors and make appointments to certain local public offices.
Probate Court handles:
- Misdemeanor Traffic Citations/Game and Fish Violations
- Vital Records
- Marriage Licenses
- Georgia Weapons Carry Licenses
- Estates/Guardianships of minors and incapacitated adults
It is a court of record; therefore, all documents filed in Probate Court must be recorded in minute books and kept permanently available to the public – except information that is prohibited by law for public inspection.
The Probate Court is committed to providing you with excellent customer service. We will be happy to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have about the services of this office or the procedures you must follow for a particular process. Please be advised, however, that state law prohibits our staff from rendering legal advice, restating the law or recommending specific ways to pursue legal action. If you have a problem involving the interpretation of the law, we suggest you contact an attorney licensed to practice in the State of Georgia.
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