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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.

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.