Probate Court  

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Mission

The mission of the Oconee County Probate Court is to administer justice with fairness, equality, and integrity, to resolve matters before the court in a timely manner with trained and motivated staff, and to provide courteous and prompt service in a manner that inspires public trust and confidence

 

Court Personnel

Probate Court Judge David Anglin, Administrative Probate Clerk Ginny King, Probate Clerk Sheila Hicks, Senior Traffic Clerk Debbie Turner, Traffic Clerk Linda Harrell, Office Assistant Migdai Marin.


Court Jurisdiction

Wills, estates, guardianships, marriage licenses, firearms licenses, vital records, misdemeanor traffic offenses, misdemeanor marijuana offenses, underage possession of alcohol offenses, and game & fish offenses


Wills, Estates & Guardianships

The Probate Court has exclusive jurisdiction over Wills, Estates and Guardianships. Court records, which date back to 1875, are retained in the court vault. Most records are public record and the public is invited to conduct research during office hours.

In the probate of a will, the domicile of the testator at death, shall give jurisdiction to the probate court of that county. The domicile of the deceased who was in the care of a nursing home or other similar facility at the time of death shall be presumed to be the county in which the deceased was domiciled immediately before entering the nursing home or other facility.

In the appointment of a guardian of a minor, the county in which the minor is found, shall give jurisdiction to the probate court of that county. In the appointment of a guardian of an incapacitated adult, the county in which the incapacitated adult resides, shall give jurisdiction to the probate court of that county.

If you have any legal questions or concerns regarding an estate or guardianship matter, you may want to consult with an attorney.

For Standard Probate Court Forms and other information click on the following site: www.gaprobate.org.

If you reside in Oconee County and would like to file your Last Will & Testament for safe-keeping, the Oconee County Probate Court can provide this service for a one time fee of $15.00.

Upon filing your will for safe-keeping, you will be required to seal it in an envelope and sign and date its entry into the court's record book. Once it has been filed, it will be kept in the court vault for safe-keeping, and no one but you or your personal representative will be allowed to withdraw it - WILLS FILED FOR SAFE-KEEPING ARE NOT PUBLIC RECORD.

Payments must be in the form of a credit card, money order or other certified funds and made payable to Oconee County Probate Court.  NO PERSONAL CHECKS WILL BE ACCEPTED!

Marriage License Information

Marriage license applications are accepted in our office Monday thru Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Applicants must apply in person and present one of the following forms of identification which contains applicant’s full name and date of birth : driver’s license, birth certificate, passport, immigration papers, alien papers, citizenship papers, armed forces discharge papers, armed forces identification papers.

Applicants can apply for a marriage license in any Probate Court in Georgia, provided at least one of the applicants is a resident of Georgia. If neither applicant is a resident of Georgia, the couple must apply in the county where the ceremony will be performed.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. If either applicant is 16 or 17 years of age, parental consent will be required to obtain a marriage license. No license can be issued to any person under the age of 16.

If either applicant had a previous marriage, documentation must be submitted at the time of applying, which indicates how the previous marriage was dissolved (final divorce decree/final judgment and decree, death certificate, etc.)

If the applicants have completed a six hour premarital education program, the cost of the license is $26.00. Click here to download a certification form or, to pick up a form, please visit the Probate Court office. If the applicants have not completed such a program, the cost of the license is $66.00.

Payments must be in the form of a credit card, money order or other certified funds and made payable to Oconee County Probate Court.  NO PERSONAL CHECKS WILL BE ACCEPTED!

Vital Records Information

The Oconee County Judge of Probate Court is the custodian of vital records which include birth and death records. Records are retained in the Probate Court and date back to 1875. Certified copies of birth and death records may be obtained at a cost of $25 for the first copy and $5 for each copy thereafter.
A record of birth should be filed in the county where the individual was born. A record of death should be filed in the county where the individual was pronounced dead.

Contact

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P.O. Box 54
23 North Main Street, Room 304
Watkinsville, Georgia 30677

Phone: 706-769-3936
Fax: 706-769-3934

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

 

 

 

 

 

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