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Carrie B. Markham, Judge

200 Court Square
Newnan, GA 30263
PHONE: (770) 254-2640
FAX: (770) 254-2648
EMAIL: cowetaprobate@coweta.ga.us

Hours of operation: 8 am - 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday
All filings for Estates/Guardianships/Conservatorships and all Licensing Applications must be filed by 4pm.

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COUNTY PROBATE COURT OPERATIONAL CHANGES (EFFECTIVE THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2020)

Carrie B. Markham, Judge

 

NOTICE

The Coweta County Probate Court will resume some of its operations on Thursday, May 14, 2020, with the following procedures outlined below. 

 

  • Applicants for new weapons carry permits and applicants for weapons carry permit renewals will be processed by appointment only at this time.We strongly encourage applicants for these services to complete your application online before coming into the office.Please contact our office to make an appointment and receive instructions for filling out your application online.

     

  • Please be advised that Governor Kemp signed an Executive Order temporarily extending the thirty-day renewal requirement for Georgia Weapons Carry Licenses expiring between February 13, 2020 and June 12, 2020.For details, the Executive Order may be found here:https://gov.georgia.gov/executive-action/executive-orders/2020-executive-orders

     

  • Applicants for marriage licenses will be processed by appointment only at this time.Please call our office to make an appointment and receive instructions for filling out your application online.

     

  • We strongly encourage vital records requests and requests for certified marriage licenses to be accomplished through the US Mail.Please call our office for instructions.

     

  • For all other probate filings, we encourage filings to continue to be made through the US Mail.If you need to file in our office, please call and make an appointment.We will also be performing oaths by appointment only.

  • A permanent locked drop box has been installed so that the public/legal community can drop off filings and requests for copies of birth/death/marriage certificates.  The box is located on the West Court side and is a brass mail slot located in the left side door.  The box will be checked throughout the day.as been 

  • We strongly encourage all members of the public to wear a mask or other face covering when coming into our office.

  • Please limit persons coming into our office for filings or applications to the applicant/filer and attorney (if applicable).If other accommodations need to be made, please let our office know.

 

We ask all individuals visiting the Probate Court to use common sense and follow the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control and the Georgia Department of Public Health. Please practice social distancing and refrain from coming to the Court if you have a fever or symptoms of respiratory illness or have been exposed to a person with coronavirus, flu, or any other communicable disease.

 

Please contact our office at 770-254-2640 or email us at cowetaprobate@coweta.ga.us with any questions or to schedule an appointment.  We appreciate your continued patience.

 

Coweta County Probate Court

Judge Carrie B. Markham

(770) 254-2640

Responsibilities

The Probate Court of Coweta 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.

All filings for Estates/Guardianships/Conservatorships and all Licensing Applications must be filed by 4pm.

Acceptable payment is cash, check or charge. (There is a 4.5% convenience fee for use of a charge card)

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.

 

Expanded Jurisdiction

The Probate Court of Coweta County is an Article 6 Probate Court (Title 15, Chapter 9, Article 6, Official Code of Georgia Annotated), which means that it has enhanced or expanded jurisdiction. Under Article 6, which applies in counties having a population of 96,000 or more, the probate judge must be a licensed attorney with experience and qualifications equal to those for serving in the Superior Courts of Georgia. Article 6 Probate Courts have concurrent jurisdiction with the superior courts in certain matters and may conduct jury trials in issues properly before the court. Appeals from Article 6 probate courts are directed to the court of appeals or the supreme court, as appropriate.