COURT OF PROBATE - Black's Law Dictionary

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In English law. The name of a court established in 1857, under the probate act of that year,  (20 & 21 Viet,  c. 77,) to be held  in London, to which court  was transferred the testamentary jurisdiction of the ecclesiastical  courts. 2 Steph.  Comm. 192. By the judicature acts, this court is merged in the high court of justice.

In American law. A court having jurisdiction over the probate  of wills, the grant of administration, and the supervision of the management and settlement of the estates of decedents, including  the  collection of assets, the  allowance of claims, and the  distribution of the  estate. In some states the probate courts also  have  jurisdiction  of the estates  of minors,  including the ap pointment of guardians and  the  settlement of their accounts, and of the estates of lunatics, habitual drunkards, and spendthrifts. Pons  v. Pons,

132 La. 370, 61 So. 406, 407. And in some states these courts possess  a limited  jurisdiction in civil, and criminal cases.  They are also called  in some jurisdictions "orphans' courts" and  "surrogate's courts."

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