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Chief Judge, Kelli L. Wolk; Associate Judge Margaret A. Head

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Important Notice

The Probate Court Judge, Clerk, and staff are committed to providing you with excellent customer service. We will be happy to assist you with any questions or concerns that you may have about probate court services or procedures. 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.

Nothing on this web site is intended to advise anyone regarding legal remedies for a particular circumstance. Many matters of law are quite complex and may require special knowledge of legal principles and procedures. If you have a problem involving the interpretation of the law, we suggest you contact an attorney licensed in the State of Georgia. Although we cannot recommend a specific attorney, you may contact the Cobb County Attorney Referral Service at
(770) 424-7149.

What does Probate Court do?

The Probate Court of Cobb County has exclusive jurisdiction in the following matters:

  • Probate of wills;
  • Appointment and removal of executors and administrators;
  • Sale and disposition of estate property;
  • Appointment and removal of guardians of minors and incapacitated adults;
  • Audit of returns of executors, administrators, and guardians;
  • Commitments of the mentally ill, alcohol and drug abusers;
  • Issuance of marriage licenses;
  • Issuance of weapons carry licenses; and
  • Miscellaneous services such as issuance of fireworks permits, recording of elected officials’ oaths and bonds, and certificates of residence.
Does the Probate Court manage probation cases?

No. The State Court Administration manages all probation cases. Visit their probation section for more information.

Someone close to me has passed away, which court will manage their will?

Probate Court has exclusive jurisdiction over the probate, filing, and execution of wills. Contact us at [email protected] or (770) 528-1900.

I would like to file a Will, which court do I see?

Probate Court has exclusive jurisdiction over the probate, filing, and execution of wills. Additionally, Probate Court manages the appointment and removal of executors and administrators. Contact us at [email protected] or (770) 528-1900.

Which court do I see to manage the estate of a deceased person?

Probate Court has exclusive jurisdiction over the sale and disposition of estate property of decedents. In addition, Probate Court also audits the returns of executors, administrators, and guardians. Contact us at [email protected] or (770) 528-1900.

I need to file to become the guardian of a child, where do I go?

Cobb County Probate Court manages the appointment and removal of guardians of minors. Contact us at [email protected] or (770) 528-1900.

Someone close to me has become incapacitated and cannot care for themselves, where do I go to appoint a guardian?

Cobb County Probate Court manages the appointment and removal of guardians of incapacitated adults. Contact us at [email protected] or (770) 528-1900.

How do I obtain a copy of my birth certificate?

Birth certificates are filed with the Georgia Department of Public Health. Visit their website at dph.georgia.gov for more information.

How can I obtain a copy of a death certificate?

Death certificates are completed as soon as the cause and manner of death is determined. It will take about three months to make these determinations. As soon as the case is completed, a death certificate is filed with the Georgia Department of Public Health. Visit their website at dph.georgia.gov for more information.

Other Information

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Vital Records

Birth and death certificates are filed with the Georgia Dept. of Public Health

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Probation Information

The State Court Administration manages all probation cases